Microsoft‘s 2012 E3 keynote just ended, and the first thing that’s quite obvious is that they made good on their word: they didn’t even mention the idea of a new console, much less pull a surprise and premiere one.
Rather, the focus was on a mix of hardcore and Kinect titles, with the one bit of new technology showcased something to very obviously meant to compete with the WiiU. “SmartGlass” is what they’re calling it, and it allows your smartphone or tablet to be turned into a periphery device for the Xbox during movies, TV shows and most notably games.
Demos showed a tablet being used to run plays during Madden or perform extra in-game functions during Halo 4. The very apparent connection is that the inlaid screen of the WiiU controller allows for similar functionality, but on closer examination, is this really a competitor?