Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the new SmartGlass streaming app and the new Xbox Music service at the company’s press conference in this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
In the company’s goal to make the Xbox 360 console more than just for gaming, the new Xbox Music service will grant users access to more than 30 million tracks. The app will not only work on Xbox 360 consoles, but also on both Windows Phone 7 smartphones and Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
The announcement also serves as the death of the company’s Zune Music service. Zune Video, which gives users access to TV shows and movies for purchasing, is being replaced by the Xbox Video service.
Meanwhile, a new set of mobile apps called SmartGlass will enable smartphone and tablet users interact with Xbox 360. The new service works with Windows 8 phones, tablets and PCs. It will also work with iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, and also with Android-based devices.
SmartGlass enables users to watch or listen to content on the go and then continue whatever they were watching later on the Xbox 360 console.
“Xbox is on a mission to make the entertainment that you love even more amazing,” said Microsoft’s President of the Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick. “With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox.”
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