JDL: To make up for our spotty attendance record –
Chris: Speak for yourself.
JDL: Chris and I will be commenting on Microsoft related news and ice cream everyday of the week from now on. More coverage, more Microsoft and more random humor.
No Xbox 360 @ The 2012 Tokyo Game Show! Our Worst Nightmare!
JDL: Microsoft has announced that it will not be present for gamescom in Germany or the Tokyo Game Show in — well, Tokyo. This was confirmed through Major Nelson’s blog. Larry Hyrb writes: “As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday, along with other entertainment experiences. We’ve changed our approach a little, though. This year, Xbox will be focusing on smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers and customers around the world. Which means that as you might have seen on some of the news sites today, we won’t be taking part in gamescom or Tokyo Games Show this year. They have however sent out invites to major media publications to for a “major” announcement that will take place this Monday, June 18th in Los Angeles.”
Chris: I wonder what the announcement will be?
JDL: I’m thinking it’ll be some hands on time with SmartGlass or maybe it’ll have to do with our next news item….
Xbox On Android?
JDL: Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday featuring messaging between Xbox Live accounts, friend list management, profile and avatar adjustment and showing off achievements to everyone with more advanced functions available in the near future. The app is currently available for most Android 2.2+ smartphones, with WGVA screen resolution or higher.
My Xbox Live for iOS features some of the same Windows Phone features such as searching for and control content from their devices as well as navigation through Xbox 360 menus and the ability to pause, rewind, or fast forward through multimedia content.
Sounds a lot like SmartGlass, no? Microsoft’s already taken to the internet to stress that they’re more about bringing the iOS version of My Xbox Live up to the same standards as its Windows Phone counterpart.
“Yes, we do intend to bring Xbox SmartGlass to several platforms over time, but have no details to share right now,” says Xbox programming director Larry Hyrb, better known as “Major Nelson.”
Chris: If you ask me maybe making these apps so similar to SmartGlass will get everyone excited and talking ABOUT Smartglass.
JDL: Smart thinking! Ahahaha — haha. Ha.
Chris: That was weak, even for you. Still, it’s good to see Microsoft on the up and up.
Sorry to anyone who waited for us! See you tomorrow!