Microsoft Releases Xbox One SmartGlass App Ahead of Launch
Anticipation builds as Microsoft publishes mobile apps that deliver Xbox One's second-screen experience days before the next-gen console hits store shelves.Microsoft's SmartGlass app for the Xbox One is now available, giving users an early, if limited, look at what the companion app has to offer. And it's not much, at least for now. The Xbox One SmartGlass app is hardware-specific, dashing hopes of a unified app for owners of both the Xbox 360 and One. Given that most consumers still can't yet get their hands on the Xbox One, there isn't much that SmartGlass can do currently. Early adopters can start laying the groundwork for their personalized Xbox One experience, however. Microsoft is encouraging soon-to-be owners to "check out some of the new features in advance that will make unboxing and setting up your Xbox One even easier." A device running the SmartGlass app needs only to use the same wireless network as the Xbox One to connect automatically. Once linked, SmartGlass is a time-saver, argues Microsoft, allowing users to breeze through the setup process with gestures and an on-screen keyboard. Users can also get a head start on customizing their home screens. "Pin your favorite games and apps to the Home screen so you jump into your favorite activities right when you finish setting up your console and log into Xbox Live," said the company in an Xbox Wire post.
Early tinkering aside, the app currently allows users to keep tabs on their friends, look up game information and view a smattering of Game DVR clips. The real action starts when the Xbox One is nestled into the entertainment center and powered up.