SmartGlass, Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s PS3/Vita CrossPlay feature and Nintendo’s GamePad will be going live on October 26th. First announced back in June, the app will be available for free for anybody with a compatible device. The SmartGlass technology itself is meant to provide a sort of extra screen for the Xbox 360, where compatible games and apps will have special features that utilize the technology.
Now that October 26th date only pertains to Microsoft’s Surface tablets and Windows 8. If you want to use iOS and Android you’ll have to wait until sometime early next year, as SmartGlass isn’t quite available for those platforms yet. In other words, don’t be surprised to see low adoption rates for SmartGlass until those versions are released.
If you do happen to pick up a Surface tablet and want to use SmartGlass you’ll be glad to know that there will be some games out there that support the feature. Halo 4 and Forza: Horizon are probably the two most well known games that’ll use the feature, but Dance Central 3 and HomeRun Stars will use the technology as well, and for the kids Kinect Sesame Street TV will be using SmartGlass. If you want to watch movies or sports, you can use SmartGlass to flip through different games on ESPN, or change to a different movie on HBO GO. Or you can, you know, just use your remote control and your cable box.