Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Microsoft makes biggest play in gaming with SmartGlass - Chicago Sun-Times

Excerpt from a timely Andy Ihnatko gaming/Internet + TV market snapshot
"Microsoft took the most ambitious and aggressive stance. Their presentation would have been just as appropriate for a non-gaming venue. They’re clearly messaging the Xbox beyond a game system and positioning it as “the computer that hooks up to your HDTV.” Toward that end: Bing Search and Kinect voice commands that stretch across all forms of content, plus a new Xbox edition of Internet Explorer which is completely voice-controllable.
And where the Wii GamePad brings second-screen gaming and video through an expensive add-on, Xbox SmartGlass is an app that’ll run on whatever mobile device you already own.
No wonder Microsoft hammered that point home so loudly. In gaming, the Xbox’s biggest competitor is Sony. Its biggest threat as “the computer that hooks up to your TV” is whatever Apple might show off Monday, during their own keynote to Mac and iOS developers."
Microsoft makes biggest play in gaming with SmartGlass - Chicago Sun-Times
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