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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 22, 2012

SmartGlass SDK Released For Developers

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has released the SmartGlass SDK to “game developers and entertainment partners”. The SmartGlass technology, which was announced at E3 a couple of weeks ago, allows the user to sync up a tablet device to their Xbox 360 and gain access to extra content when playing games and otherwise interacting with their Xbox 360. It’s a little bit similar in a way to the Wii U’s GamePad, although the use of SmartGlass technology in games will not be necessary.

By releasing the SDK at this time of year, Microsoft has given developers a chance to develop SmartGlass content by the holiday season. Luckily, it shouldn’t be too hard for developers as the SDK contains the SmartGlass Studio, a JavaScript Library, and some sample code. All we can do now, though, is wait to see what the developers come up with.

I’m not exactly sure how well the SmartGlass technology will work out with games, but Microsoft seems pretty sure it’ll go well. They’re saying that all future first-party titles will include some sort of SmartGlass content. Hopefully it’ll be something more than in inventory screen or something, but who really knows?  To me, I think the thing that will make the people try out SmartGlass will be its ability to work with your media, like movies and music, on your Xbox 360. We shall see!

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