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Update to Xbox Live App on iPad Gives Glimpse of SmartGlass

One of the biggest announcements Microsoft unveiled at this year’s E3 conference was a technology called SmartGlass. It was a surprise move that will allow gamers to use their tablet and/or smartphone to interact with their Xbox 360, which was well received by fans and journalist alike.

If you have an iPad, it might be a good time to update or download the Xbox Live app because Microsoft has given you a tease of what to expect once SmartGlass is available.

Don’t expect the update to connect to any games, obviously, but it will give you a glimpse of what SmartGlass will do with video, when the full version is released later this year.

One of the cool features is being able to seamlessly going in and out of an app, by simply touching your iPad. For instance, lets say you are in the mood to watch Breaking Bad on Netflix. Instead of using your controller to guide through the many option on your TV screen, you simply need touch the Netflix logo on your iPad, and the App will instantly load on your Xbox.

Or let’s say you’re watching a film or TV show on your Xbox, you’ll be able to rewind or fast-forward with the swipe of the finger. On top of that, the information of the film will also appear on your beautiful iPad screen. While it doesn’t sound like much, once you start to play with it, you’ll never be able to use your controller to navigate your Xbox again.

While I haven’t used SmartGlass to much, I’ve used similar technology, with the Apple TV. If you’re unaware, the iPad and iPhone can control Apple’s Internet set-top box, and because of that, I NEVER use the tiny remote that comes packaged with the device.

In fact, I find a remote to be a tool, used by primitive man.

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