Yearly demo nixed in favor of limited EA Access playtime, adds CoachGlass for PS4
Electronic Arts (EA) has pulled an interesting move with the upcoming Madden 15 and its EA Access program recently, making the subscription program the only way gamers can try out the football title before it is formally released: the company is abandoning its yearly demo trend to give Xbox One owners the chance only to play the game before its August 26 release. News of the demo's absence comes from a Twitter exchange with EA Sports Community Manager Andrew Johnson, who stated no demo was coming.
Activity feed changes, outside purchases biggest updates, notification options added
On top of a handful of new features and changes that were previously announced as coming this month, Microsoft is bringing some additional user-requested tweaks to the Xbox One in the August update. While the activity feed is seeing the biggest number of changes, Xbox One owners will now be able to purchase, download and install games and apps from outside of the console.
Gamescom Xbox One presentation showed larger capacity, white console variants
The Xbox One will soon allow users to stream TV to a mobile device, Microsoft has revealed. Part of a number of updates to the game console unveiled at Gamescom, owners of the recently-launched Xbox One Digital TV tuner will be able to stream live TV from the console to smartphones and tablets running the Xbox SmartGlass app.
Xbox One owners in Europe, Canada, US involved in invite-only preview
Microsoft hopes to make the Xbox One more useful for watching television and media, by outlining updates for the game console and SmartGlass. Changes to the way SmartGlass navigates around the console have been shown off, as well as upcoming changes which will give more viewing options to users on both sides of the Atlantic in the future.
App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency
Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.
App turns smartphone, tablet into PS4 game controller
Sony plans to offer its own answer to Microsoft's SmartGlass interface for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, in the form of the PlayStation App. The announcement of the mobile and tablet app for iOS and Android at the company's Tokyo Games Show keynote accompanies more details about the PlayStation 4 and Sony's expected sales for the device.
Mobile apps optimized for new console
Microsoft is currently previewing a SmartGlass app optimized for the Xbox One. It will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360, however the next-generation console will support up to 16 SmartGlass devices with a significant reduction in latency. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device, or tap a Help button to get contextually aware assistance during a game.
Google Glass companion app includes 'Eye Gestures' functions
Google may allow for users of Glass to use their eyes to control the headset. A user by the name of fodawim on Reddit found eye options hidden in the code of the companion app for Android, specifically functions for winking. Of the five, two related to wink calibration, two turned the function on and off, and one last seems to allow a wink to trigger a photo from its 5-megapixel camera. Other eye-related controls have yet to be found, though the company has patented a number of different control systems that could potentially be used with Glass.
Sources suggest Xbox-centric tablet to have custom ARM processor
Microsoft is looking into making its own 7-inch tablet specifically for gaming, despite only recently launching the general-purpose Microsoft Surface. Rumors suggest that the software giant is working on the hardware, which will allegedly have a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM for gaming, though it is not clear if it will be for the current or next generation Xbox..
iOS SmartGlass app still unavailable
Microsoft has released an Android version of its SmartGlass app for interacting with the Xbox 360 console. The new app is available as a free download in the Google Play Store. It allows users to control their Xbox 360 consoles with an Android device, as well as to access additional content on games, music, and video content. An iOS version of the app has not yet been released, though Microsoft has assured iOS device owners that a version would be on its way.
Tablet-based control for Windows 8, RT from 26th, iOS to come
Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox SmartGlass app will launch at the same time as Windows 8. Built within the Games part of Windows 8 and Windows RT, the app will allow users to navigate through the console, as well as act like a second support screen for certain games and applications.
Includes Studio, APIs, sample code
Document detail SmartGlass, possible augmented reality
A file thought to be a Microsoft company presentation about the future of the Xbox was briefly leaked online before being removed, reports say. The 56-page document -- dated to August 2010 -- describes concepts such as a new Xbox, augmented reality glasses, Xbox TV apps, and SmartGlass. It was removed from Scribd following a takedown notice from a law firm listing Microsoft as a client.
Ported apps could be seen as stepping stone for SmartGlass
Kinectimals, Microsoft's first game on iOS, has made its way to Google's mobile platform. The release schedule appears to follow Microsoft's habit of bringing titles to iOS before Android, as demonstrated by the My Xbox Live launch earlier this week. The company has also released an update to its My Xbox Live app for iOS.
Refined approach to multi-screen experience
Microsoft executives speaking at the company's E3 keynote did not surrender any details surrounding the next Xbox, however they did show off the company's SmartGlass technology. Electronista took a closer look at the system, which aims to integrate Xbox, Windows Phone and Windows 8 functionality into a seamless experience.
Internet Explorer added to Xbox 360 with SmartGlass controls
Microsoft today confirmed the existence of SmartGlass at its E3 keynote. Previously rumored as hardware shown behind closed doors, in practice SmartGlass is an app for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices that lets them connect to the Xbox 360. Developers and content providers will have options to display more information or add more control for their apps, games, and TV shows.