One of the best things about Microsoft and the Xbox One is all the toys and tech that will be coming with the console. Part of that is SmartGlass, Microsoft's mobile app with connectivity into their consoles. The Xbox 360 SmartGlass app has been available for some time, but Microsoft has just announced they've released the Xbox One version of the app. Yus, you'll need to download this one for your Xbox One as the 360 version won't work.
Sure, you can't attach the app to your console until this Friday, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few cool things you can do with the app right now:
- Search for the perfect game. Don’t waste any time – search for new Xbox One games so you can jump right in when your console is ready. Xbox One SmartGlass also lets you view information such as game details, achievements and challenges so you’re ready to get going with your favorite games. You can even check out the Game DVR clips already uploaded by the community!
- Keep up with friends. Connect with friends and the Xbox Live community even before you finish setting up your console. Use the app to see what your friends have been up to, check out their latest achievements, or read your messages while you’re waiting.
- Personalize your dashboard. Pin your favorite games and apps to the Home screen so you jump into your favorite activities right when you finish setting up your console and log into Xbox Live.
There's nothing spectacularly fancy here. It's not like you can load up Forza 5 early on your iPad and go for a spin, but considering folk are about to drop $500 on a console it makes sense they'd be hyped to prepare for it in the days prior to launch. Why not download, right?
Xbox One will be launching on November 22, but check out the Xbox One SmartGlass app for free starting today on Windows, Android and iOS phones.