Microsoft released the SmartGlass software development kit (SDK) on Thursday to developers that lets smartphones and tablets work with the Xbox 360.
The SmartGlass technology was demoed by Microsoft during its E3 press conference earlier in June and provides a “second screen” experience for the Xbox 360 via a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, Android device, Windows Phone or the upcoming Windows Surface tablet. Some of the examples included seeing information about Halo 4 displayed while playing the game, controlling the Xbox 360 menu, browsing the web and drawing up plays in Madden NFL. It will even allow users to continue the experience once out of range of their console by providing updates or feeding even more information.
Microsoft plans to release SmartGlass this fall as an update to the Xbox 360.
The SDK is available to download from the official site for partnered developers and includes the following features according to Microsoft.
Xbox SmartGlass Studio. Enables developers to start building Xbox SmartGlass Activities.
Sample Code. A sample application that provides developers with an example of how to build an Xbox SmartGlass Activity.