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Xbox Second Screen Announced 125

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-another-look dept.
kodiaktau writes "Microsoft has announced a feature called SmartGlass that provides a new set of features when viewing media on mobile or PC devices. Sources say that it will provide context focused advertising/product placement as well as metadata about the media you are currently viewing. Additionally the interface allows you to store viewing data and share between your desktop and mobile devices to continue viewing content between devices. From the article: 'SmartGlass also allows you to view the web on an Xbox 360 using Internet Explorer. The tablet or phone becomes the keyboard and you can easily browse web pages without having a physical keyboard in the living room.'"
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Xbox Second Screen Announced

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    No, thanks.

    • by Billly Gates (198444) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:15PM (#40212173) Journal

      It is IE 9, not IE 6 or the crappy dumb phone nefront on the PS 3

      • He said "no thanks". Did you not hear him or something? Maybe he should say it in all caps?

      • Probably not even IE9 but IE10, since the update is coming in the fall and Windows 8/IE10 is expected to go RTM/Gold by Aug 1.

      • by hairyfeet (841228)
        Its IE dude, it still yucky. I will give the IE guys credit for supporting low rights mode (Which FF STILL doesn't do, even though the feature has been out for 5 years now) but the Chromium based do too and they are frankly faster and suck less resources, at least from what I've seen. They also have a nice version of ABP and it seems like every malware writer on the planet aims straight for IE because that's what grandma uses, so I agree with the other guy, no thanks Billy.
        • This is for the Xbox 360 and Windows Mobile devices. Let me know when Commodo Dragon or Chrome works on these?

          I am not saying its the best browser in the world, cures cancer, lets web developers write an ajax site in one line of code (unless they know perl ;-), or anything.

          Is it usable for the living room or the phone? Absolutely, and it is the only somewhat modern browser and can do an ok job compared to the competition.

          Opera for the Wii is very very old and certainly wouldn't work well on modern sites. Ne

          • by hairyfeet (841228)

            Well if anything I'd say using IE on the 720 is even worse as every cracker in the world is gonna want to be the one to bust that nut wide open, just look at how quickly they swarmed over the X360. I still don't see cracked PS3s being sold anywhere but i can go to Criagslist and be up to my ass in cracked 360s by dark. By giving them a browser they already have experience in attacking this is just another dumbshit move by MSFT to try to up their pathetic IE uptake (which if you look at any chart it got frag

    • by aglider (2435074)

      Sorry mr. An Onymous Coward, I don't have any mod points to bring you to "+5 insightful".
      Please, complain to mr. Slash Dot.

  • by rullywowr (1831632) on Monday June 04, 2012 @02:41PM (#40211719)
    So let me get this straight. The XBOX360 console, which is more than capable of surfing the web by itself, needs an ad-fueled tablet or other controlling device to enable web functionality. WTH is wrong with the keypad they already have?

    Wow. Steve Ballmer batting 1000 lately.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Yes, because *I* want these features to interrupt the video I'm watching, or overlay, or do some other stupid shit instead of using a second screen I already have to do it gracefully...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by alen (225700)

      the penetration rate of tablets and smartphones is a lot higher than proprietary x-box keyboards that will just add to clutter around the house

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Yes. Those proprietary, standard USB keyboards which are so expensive and totally hard to find at, well, anywhere.

    • Steve Ballmer batting 1000 lately.

      Remove the 1 and the remaining digits are on the money...

    • by zoward (188110)

      Hmmm ... I have the little xbox keyboard attachment for my wired controller. I wonder if I'll be able to use IE with that? No mention of it in TFA.

      • by toriver (11308)

        He did say "keyboards don't belong in the living room". So STOP IT!

        • He did say "keyboards don't belong in the living room". So STOP IT!

          I think the shareholders are saying that "Steve doesn't belong in the board room."

    • Does it actually say that you need a phone/tablet to enter text for web browsing? I'd expect it to just work with any existing Xbox accessories that enable you to type.

  • they want their ideas [wikipedia.org] back.
  • by LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) on Monday June 04, 2012 @02:54PM (#40211873) Homepage

    Finally, Microsoft has listened to it's customers and fanbase! People have been clamouring for years to have context focused advertising/product placement on their Xboxen and now these long years have loyalty have been rewarded. Bravo, Microsoft. Bravo.

    • its*

      I hereby hand in my Grammar Nazi ID card and matching lanyard. Oh, the humiliation.

      • I hereby hand in my Grammar Nazi ID card and matching lanyard.

        Congratulations, comrade. You are now a Grammar Commie.
        Your membership papers and code-keyring will be sent after you submit appropriately completed forms in triplicate.

      • by dstyle5 (702493)

        its*

        I hereby hand in my Grammar Nazi ID card and matching lanyard. Oh, the humiliation.

        You missed the second one:

        "...these long years have loyalty have been rewarded".

        Shred it! ;)

    • I always have mod points when I want to comment, and never when i want to mod.

      Anyways, I agree. Ads have pushed me away from the 360. Advertisements are literally among my most loathed concepts. I used to be a FAN of the xbox. Not anymore.

      • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:04PM (#40212021) Homepage Journal

        Ads have pushed me away from the 360. Advertisements are literally among my most loathed concepts.

        What, you think just because you spent several hundred dollars on hardware, and continue to pay a subscription fee to access online content, you shouldn't be bombarded with advertisements every time you turn the thing on? How else are they supposed to make money???

        I swear, the selfishness of today's consumer...




        .../sarc

    • by Jeng (926980)

      With a battle cry go forth which is
      "Give the people what they want."
      And what the people want could only be the senseless slaughter
      of the gutter-slime that litters this nation for cash and prizes.
      Yes, this is the show where people bet their lives to win something big.
      'cause when your life is shit, then you haven't got much to lose on
      Slaughterama!

    • by EdIII (1114411) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:08PM (#40212087)

      This is why the marketers need to be dragged out in the street and gutted like pigs :)

      You know that an engineer came up with the idea of SmartGlass, and it was really cool... in the lab. The awesomeness was then taken as a prototype to a bunch of executives who cooed and went gaga over their new money maker... and then the marketers came in and fucked the whole thing up by "giving" customers exactly what they don't want.

      Good Job, Marketers, Hip Hip Hooray! :)

      • by subreality (157447) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:53PM (#40212703)

        It reminds me of Netscape Constellation. Netscape invented a pretty cool system where you could have a network-portable desktop - you could log into any computer anywhere, and all your stuff (programs, documents, desktop, everything) would come up for you. Think Chromebook, but more app-oriented, and in 1997.

        One TINY feature of this was push content. Then the Netscape marketing department got wind of it and said "You mean we can use this to PUSH ADS?"

        Then all the other stuff was ripped out, and the push content part of it got released as Netcaster, part of the Communicator suite.... And then was promptly ignored by everyone, because the only people interested in pushing content to you were advertisers.

        • by mattack2 (1165421)

          It reminds me of Netscape Constellation. Netscape invented a pretty cool system where you could have a network-portable desktop - you could log into any computer anywhere, and all your stuff (programs, documents, desktop, everything) would come up for you. Think Chromebook, but more app-oriented, and in 1997.

          Gee, kind of like NFS home directories? From 1984 (according to wikipedia).

    • Yes, because the only thing this does is display ads. From the videos and information released, that's probably about the *least* of what it does. A keyboard/mouse for internet browsing on the TV. A second screen for gaming that displays things like mini maps (a la supreme commander). Allows you to push video and audio around between devices (like airplay). It's even cross platform with Android and iOS support.

      And like clockwork, Slashdot comes out crying "invasive advertising shenanigans"!
  • by The MAZZTer (911996) <megazzt@@@gmail...com> on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:11PM (#40212907) Homepage

    So this time Microsoft is looking to copy the new Nintendo console BEFORE it comes out.

  • I can't wait to get my hands on this! I can't beleive that nobody has solved this problem yet. Hopefully SmartGlass will deliver. i also hope it can talk directly to the XBox through your home router instead of going out to the cloud and back down. We'll see. Oh, and while I'm asking for stuff, let us develop XBox apps using Xaml/C# (or some flavor of Silverlight).
  • MS has missed the boat on just about everything. The bulk of disposable income wants gadgets, not PCs, sure a single PC is OK, but the money is in phones, tablets and consoles, and trying to turn the xbox into something worse through ads will only drive people away.

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