Sunday, January 6, 2013

Xbox SmartGlass

Anyone who utilizes Microsoft's Xbox Live services in order to game, socialize and connect with people from all over the globe will absolutely love to get their hands on Xbox SmartGlass. What is Xbox SmartGlass you might ask? It's Microsoft's new way of allowing interaction across devices. Basically, it allows you to connect with your Xbox friends, track and compare achievements as well as change up your 3D avatar. But the fun doesn't stop there! When paired up with your Xbox 360 console you can take advantage of your device's keyboard to input text, navigate the system with swipe and tap,  and you can even play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos playing on your console. This app sounds great on paper and it performs just as well in reality however there are a few basic things that Microsoft overlooked and even restricted. Just glimpsing at the user reviews on the Play Store you will notice that the main user complaint is not being able to actually turn on the Xbox 360 console from the app which may seem like a minor drawback but users looking to use the app as a controller replacement will have to physically get up and push the power button. Furthermore, through my prolonged personal use I noticed sporadic connection bugs and sometimes extremely long latency times between inputting a command into the app and the command being executed on the console. Overall, this app sets out to do something that is innovative and revolutionary so it is bund to have a few bugs and drawbacks so it gets a solid 4 stars!

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