Microsoft Studios has taken the next steps to deliver Xbox SmartGlass this autumn by releasing the Xbox SmartGlass Software Development Kit (SDK) as a free release for partners that have agreements to develop Xbox videogames or entertainment applications for the Xbox 360 console. The Xbox SmartGlass SDK is now available worldwide, allowing developers to begin creating for the forthcoming platform immediately.
The power of companion scenarios come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, an application for Windows 8, Windows Phone and other portable devices that connects phones, PCs and tablets with your Xbox 360 console in an intelligent way. Use your phone or tablet as a secret screen or enhanced information for your favourite game. Use your tablet to launch and navigate a movie on your TV and get rich details on the cast, crew and storyline. Pull the movie back to your tablet to finish watching it on the go. Use your phone or tablet as another remote and easily navigate your entertainment and menus by simple flicks, gestures and pinch and zoom.
Xbox 360 game and entertainment application developers can access the SDK at https://developer.xboxlive.com/en-us/xbox/development/downloads/xdks/Documents/SmartGlass/XboxSmartGlass.aspx. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated as Xbox SmartGlass continues its journey toward launch later this year.