E3 has just finished. It has always been a Mecca for gaming industry where they want to showcase their best of breed to ensure that are on top of the competitors. E3 always have been waiting for two major reasons a.k.a new games and gaming hardware.
Considering, this time we were expecting Nintendo to show case its tablet based new controller and next generation console, therefore, everybody was expecting that Nintendo would triumph the E3 stage with ease as both Sony and Microsoft has nothing to announce. However, tables turned in different side by the announcement of Smart Glass by Microsoft.
I have been expecting some kind of announcement for Smart Glass before the event but was not sure how much impact it could bring to the gaming industry or infect any digital media industry. It was rumored that this application would challenge the reign of Apple’s AirPlay. Which made me wondered, why Microsoft is announcing it on E3 as well.
However, it turned out Smart Glass is a very clever concept from Microsoft. They introduced a competitor for not only Apple by using their new concept with existing set of peripherals but also challenged Nintendo and Sony by bringing a second screen as a controller. This allow the developers to tap into the second screen experience for the users and provide them some kind of similar experience which will extend the gaming experience. Infect Microsoft has been able to demonstrate a better-connected experience then Nintendo itself (infect I was wondering, it was high time Nintendo should come with some hard core game announcements to entice the segment of market, they always chased). However, another notable thing missing in that coverage was the challenge to GoogleTV. I have been following GoogleTV since long and I understand once commonly adopted how much TV is going to change. However, the key thing is currently GoogleTV or similar setups are not adopted widely. Considering users have to buy an extra device to accommodate this setting. However, by using Smart Glass, Microsoft infect given the user a fully controllable Smart TV along with a complete browser.
Some people are wondering that would people be able to have smart phones to be in their home, well, most of Xbox users are expected to be smart phone users anyway. If they are not then you at least expect them to have any kind of windows machine. Which will be another platform where Smart Glass will be available.
Which means Microsoft is bringing following major features via Smart Glass;
- · Multimedia Streaming
- · Xbox Remote Control
- · Connected TV Experience
- · Second Screen Gaming Experience
- · Second Screen Multimedia experience
Now why I am getting very excited such initiative because this is not really a ground breaking technology at the end as many third part software’s are doing some thing similar in one or the other form. For this, you have to wait my next post J.