Microsoft has kicked off E3 with a number of revelations, including a music service, and a new innovation called SmartGlass.
The music service, called Xbox Music, will be a Spotify style streaming affair, with social aspects so you can see what your mates are currently listening to.
SmartGlass is an application for Windows Phone and Windows 8 powered tablets (along with Android and iOS) which allows these devices to be used for a variety of tasks in conjunction with your Xbox.
So, for example, when playing Madden (the US football game) on your console, you could use your Windows 8 slate to draw up a play for the game. Which rather takes some of the wind out of Nintendo’s Wii U tablet controller’s sails.
Similarly, if you’re watching a video on the Xbox, SmartGlass can intelligently present context sensitive information on your portable device. Or you can use the tablet to surf the net, swiping and pinching away, but with the sites displayed up on the big screen TV. Internet Explorer for Xbox is launching this autumn.
Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, commented: “Xbox is on a mission to make the entertainment that you love even more amazing. With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox.”
It’s all part of the grand plan to get consumers who own a Microsoft console, to also want to purchase a Windows tablet, and Windows Phone smartphone.
New Xbox content partners were also announced for markets across the globe. The UK is due to get Absolute Radio, BreakMedia, GameSpot TV, Napster, Picturebox, Revision3 and the The AOL On Network.