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EA: SmartGlass is a "killer initiative" that "puts positioning pressure" on Nintendo

The general consensus from most of the people we've talked with in the industry is that Xbox SmartGlass is a very smart move for Microsoft. Publishers seem genuinely excited by it (almost more so than by Wii U - though, that's purely anecdotal) and this was perhaps best exemplified by EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau who could hardly contain his enthusiasm for SmartGlass during E3.

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donniebaseball1889d ago

I'll wait until I can actually use a tablet with my 360 for some gaming purpose, but it does sound like it steals Wii U's thunder.

greenpowerz1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

Microsoft's Surface runs Windows 8, so it probably can operate 360 games like PC's with W8 will be able to. Things like seamlessly swapping consoles(PC, 360, Surface, 720 and other enabled 3rd party devices will be available)

Play Halo 4 on 360, pause the game and resume on Surface by plugging in a 360 controller, using smartglass tech to do other things like spectating multi player games. Too many possibilities. BLU RAY-like director commentary that alert you when unlocking Achievments or targeted points in games that show up on devices would be cool. Buy a car in Forza 4 and have detailed info show up on the smartglass app on devices.

Hufandpuf1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

Speaking of Forza, it'd be cool if your tablet or smartphone acted like a rearview mirror or something like that.

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EVILDEAD3601889d ago

Yeah i'm not sure if MS will hurt Wii-U sales, but I can't see thye reverse happening either.

The 360 challenges Wii-U in every Major area from Core to Casual to the tablet itself.

It'll be interesting what happens this holiday

Evil

TheFallenAngel1889d ago

@Sucitta
I used to troll on Forza too but then I got to play it and it and amazing game! So stop trolling and go play it.

TekoIie1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

MS's Surface seems perfect for OnLive!

Also Hufandpuf... You sir... are a... wait for it..........GENIUS! +bubs

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princejb1341889d ago

Feel sorry for Nintendo
Every new system they release people take their ideas and make it better
Ms with its smartglass
Not sure but I think Sony might be able to do this with the vita and ps3 with a firmware update

Ryo-Hazuki1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

I like the Wii U for the fact that's its a tablet and controller in one. No need to pause and then do something on the tablet for an app. On the Wii U the screen can actually be used IN the game unlike smartglass which is a bunch of app bs like look at live leader boards or get a detailed look at the gun you are using. Waste of time IMO

CYCLEGAMER1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

I agree, to be honest I don't see what all of the uproar is about with smartglass. I don't know if I wanna stop looking at a game to look down on another screen to check a k.d. ratio or check my stats on 2k12.

I could be wrong, but I just do not see the convenience.

Edit: Maybe looking at all of that info on a pair of augmented reality glasses would make it more intriguing though....wink wink...lol

CYCLEGAMER1889d ago

Whats up with all of the STEALTH disagrees?

Anybody care to elaborate or are you to chicken sh^t?? lol

nukeitall1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

I pause in Mass Effect quite a bit to look at the map and where I'm supposed to go. I also very often look around while paused to see where my team mate is.

Equipping weapons generally meant using a d-pad or it being simplified to only allow carrying of two weapons mapped to a button.

There are a lot of scenarios of the usefulness of SmartGlass. It can function as a very flexible input mechanism ala keyboard, or informational.

The ability to play a game (or watch a movie) on the move, and then seamlessly continue at home on my PC, then later in the living room sounds fantastic to.

It's not about what you want to do, but what the general public wants (or finds useful). Personally, I'm very excited for this and MS Surface. Win-win combo!

CYCLEGAMER1889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

@nueitall

First of all thanks for stepping up and at least trying to defend your disagree.

Second I never said that its about what I (myself) wanted to do. I simply stated that I (myself) did not see the convenience of having to look at 2 different screens, I also don't see why anyone would want to take their hands off of the controller during a game to tap on a pad, but thats just me.

Also please show me where MS said that you would be able to play your games using smart glass, I must have missed that.

Lets be honest here, the disagrees really came from me using a COD reference with kill death ratio...ha. Or maybe it was my final statement about the glasses...lol N4g you have to love this audience.

nukeitall1889d ago

I could care less about CoD, but you said:

"I could be wrong, but I just do not see the convenience."

Also:

"Also please show me where MS said that you would be able to play your games using smart glass, I must have missed that."

MS showed this at E3 with NFL. It wouldn't be hard to integrate a game into the whole thing especially if technology is built to share data between Xbox 360, tablets, smart phones and etc.

SmartGlass is an API for third parties to integrate. Should be pretty sweet!

CYCLEGAMER1889d ago

You said:

"The ability to play a game (or watch a movie) on the move, and then seamlessly continue at home on my PC, then later in the living room sounds fantastic to".

and also:

"MS showed this at E3 with NFL. It wouldn't be hard to integrate a game into the whole thing especially if technology is built to share data between Xbox 360, tablets, smart phones and etc".

Ok again....they showed that you are able to draw up a play and use it, I did not see him start up a game of batman, pause it, play it on his tablet, pause that then play it on his pc and or xbox. Where is this rumor coming from? Microsoft never said or demonstrated this.

nukeitall1888d ago

MELMAN26:

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that to start a game, then resume elsewhere the data is all in the save game. All you have to do is transfer it over seamlessly.

If you code the game on tablets, which it likely will be now considering everything from tablet, to desktop to even smart phones are all based on Windows 8 kernel with Direct X support, this isn't far fetched.

It's not rocket science or magic software.

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aviator1891889d ago (Edited 1889d ago )

The smartglass may provide less functionality than the wiiu, but it's free. You basically just need a tablet or smartphone and you're ready to use it.

MilkMan1889d ago

Nope. Wii U is the sh!t.
Smartglass is what M$ always does. Think back to Windows 3.1
a shell to rest on top of other peoples work.

Stick with the originators.

ALLWRONG1889d ago

You mean like the new Wii U (360) controller and Nintendo's take on achievements?

MilkMan1889d ago

For sure.

Nintendo strategy is to accommodate the COD crowd so they complain about "the pad" getting in the way of shooting each other while they run around in their mazes. You know they'll look for any excuse to bitch.

So N, is covering their bases.
and they don't have achievements or trophies. They don't believe in them according to Reggies.
I'm fine with that. My number is up 96k+ and it means dick.

I don't follow your train of thought here.

How is this the same as Sony and M$ "trying" (and that's the key word there) to steal yet ANOTHER idea from Nintendo.

I think N's do for some of that.

To say nothing of Sony's raiding of Nintendo's library to push the Move.
(that's a subject for another topic altogether)

neogeo1889d ago

Nin has proved its not who has the better tech, It's if can you mass sell it.

cstyle1889d ago

Smart glass will be an awesome addition to games. So many cool things will be able to be done. Im excited for it.

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