Xbox 360 getting tablet features at E3 – Report
The next generation of game consoles already has a tablet with the Wii U controller, but a report this week suggests this generation is getting one of its own, specifically for the Xbox 360. The Examiner reports that Microsoft will reveal its “Xbox Smart Glass” tablet at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this coming week.
The report includes a picture of a tablet with a Windows logo on it featuring an “Xbox Smart Glass” branding, and credits Microsoft for the photo. It also suggests the Xbox 360 maker will show off the tablet in behind-closed-doors presentations, but adds that a demo clip will be shown at E3 (presumably at Microsoft’s Monday morning media briefing) with no live video.
According to The Examiner, the Smart Glass will let players control the Xbox 360 and use it to access Xbox Live apps like Netflix or stream video between the tablet, a TV, desktop PC, or other devices. The functionality of the tablet will also apparently be available in apps for other devices, as the report says it “will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.”
In January, Microsoft filed a trademark for the term “Smart Glass” covering “computer hardware and software for phones, mobile devices, televisions, video game consoles, media players, and audiovisual devices.”
As of press time, a Microsoft representative had not responded to request for comment. For more, watch GameSpot’s live stream of Microsoft’s E3 media briefing Monday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. PST.