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access_time June 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM in Culture by Sean Garmer

E3 2012: Microsoft Unveils Smart Glass and Internet Explorer

At Microsoft´s E3 Press Conference they revealed many things. Two objects they were keen to show was the introduction of “Xbox Smart Glass” and bringing the Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360.

Microsoft introduced “Smart Glass” with a demo, which informed viewers of the capabilities of Smart Glass. Using HBO GO and “Game of Thrones” they showed how while watching an episode of “Game of Thrones” a person could keep up with what is happening on their tablet as well with a special map that follows where all the characters go on the episode. Touching key spots on those maps reveals more information about those characters or locations.

Microsoft also revealed Smart Glass will be used in games too. They showed how you could control players and draw up your own plays in Madden NFL 13 or how special maps or information could be unlocked while playing Halo 4. It is almost like having IMDB on your phone in an instant.

Microsoft also made sure to explain how Internet Explorer on Xbox 360 will be fast and easy to use. The presenter said “a lot of people do not use browsers on their game systems because it is slow, or does not always show the entire page. This won´t happen with Internet Explorer on Xbox 360.”

The presenter went to his favorites and picked a few websites to show the functionality of the web browser, and it seemed to work pretty well.

The most important news to come from these announcements is that “Smart Glass” will work on any smart phone or tablet people already own. I guess we shall see just how great “Smart Glass” and Internet Explorer work when we receive them on our Xbox 360´s, smartphones, and tablets this fall.


  • Ramon Aranda June 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    I was digging the Splinter Cell demo as well as using a tablet for a controller for the dashboard.

  • Joe Roche June 5, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Not a huge Splinter Cell fan but the new Sam Fischer game looked pretty awesome, very Metal Gear Solid(ish). Also Tomb Raider looked beautiful (as expected) and appears to be turning Lara Croft into Female Nathan Drake which isn’t a complaint.

    Also the Kinect integration with Madden 13 was a bit blah, but the FIFA 13 voice controls looked awesome. Will be interested to see Kinect evolve as I said earlier on this site I’m more interested in Kinect as a piece of hardware than I am as a controller for video games, and I’m glad that Microsoft seems to agree.

    • Ramon Aranda June 7, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      I agree; never really gave much playtime to the Splinter Cell series but this new one looked amazing.

  • Sean Garmer June 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    I am also not a fan of Splinter Cell but thought the new game looked pretty awesome.

    I would agree with you, I want to see what Kinect can do past the shallow video game spectrum it is stick into right now. I think that is going to come from the people using it on the PC though.

    See, I am different from you, making subs with my voice in FIFA doesn´t seem that cool, as most of the time the manager just tells his assistant to go get the player ready or tell whatever player it is to get ready. Changing formations on the fly is kind of cool though. Who hasn´t wanted to tell you commands like a QB in Madden and it really mean something? I just thought it was cool Montana was up there.

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