The new Xbox One will get it”s own native SmartGlass app, it has been confirmed.
Xbox Live General Manager Ron Pessner has announced details of the app, which is said to be ‘up to three times faster’ than the existing SmartGlass app.
“Xbox One was designed from the ground up with SmartGlass in mind, and an immediately noticeable difference with Xbox One SmartGlass compared to Xbox 360 SmartGlass is the connection speed and performance. On average it only takes about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection.”
SmartGlass will also now enable users to look for multiplayer opportunities, without having to stop their game session, as well as provide in-game assistance;
“If you’re in the middle of game on your console, you can begin matchmaking for a multiplayer session through SmartGlass and you won’t interrupt your action on the big screen.”
“If you’re having trouble in a game, you can tap a Help button in SmartGlass that will give you contextually aware information for whatever you’re playing. We’re working closely with developers today to add game help to individual Xbox One titles. This is done by game creators making a help manual that we then host in SmartGlass. During gameplay, SmartGlass follows your progress and knows exactly where you’re at and where you’re having trouble, so that when you hit the Help button you’ll be given the tips you need.”
Xbox One will also be capable of connecting to up to 16 SmartGlass devices simultaneously.