Microsoft delivers Xbox SmartGlass SDK to developers
Microsoft has taken the next steps to deliver Xbox SmartGlass this autumn by releasing the Xbox SmartGlass Software Development Kit (SDK) as a free release for partners that have agreements to develop Xbox games or entertainment applications for the Xbox 360 console.
With the release of the Xbox SmartGlass SDK, Microsoft is continuing to build the tools and resources necessary to empower more game developers and entertainment partners to create new and unique experiences that will make entertainment smarter, more interactive and more fun – across the devices you already own.
Features of the SDK include the following:
· Xbox SmartGlass Studio. Xbox SmartGlass Studio enables developers to start building Xbox SmartGlass Activities.
· Sample Code. A sample application that provides developers with an example of how to build an Xbox SmartGlass Activity.
Xbox 360 game and entertainment application developers can access the SDK at https://developer.xboxlive.com/en-us/xbox/development/downloads/xdks/Documents/SmartGlass/XboxSmartGlass.aspx.
The power of companion scenarios come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, an application for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other portable devices that connects phones, PCs and tablets with your Xbox 360 console in an intelligent way. Use your phone or tablet as a secret screen or enhanced information for your favourite game. Use your tablet to launch and navigate a movie on your TV and get rich details on the cast, crew and storyline.
Pull the movie back to your tablet to finish watching it on the go. Use your phone or tablet as another remote and easily navigate your entertainment and menus by simple flicks, gestures and pinch and zoom.
I saw SmartGlass at E3 a few weeks ago and it is very impressive. Watch out for our E3 post on that very soon.