Xbox One-specific SmartGlass app launches in advance of console
updated 09:46 pm EST, Tue November 19, 2013
by MacNN Staff
App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency
Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.
SmartGlass for the Xbox 360 routes communications through Microsoft's remote servers, but the Xbox One interacts directly with the mobile device through local Wi-Fi. Gamers can also access more features from their mobile device when away from home, including achievements updates and Game DVR clips.
The mobile apps also provide full control for cable television or a set-top box, enabling users to change the channel or adjust volume from their smartphone or tablet. The Xbox One infrared blaster sends the control signals from the Kinect to the home theater equipment.