Playing Madden on Xbox 360? Diagram the next play on your tablet.
Time to grow a third hand. Microsoft today announced "SmartGlass," a new technology for Xbox 360 that will turn your phone or tablet into another controller, allowing all sorts of new scenarios for video games and entertainment in general.
SmartGlass, unveiled at E3 today, isn't Windows-only, as it was promised for the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and Windows phones and tablets. One demo showed how a tablet will add to the experience of playing Madden on Xbox, as you can use the touchscreen to diagram plays with your fingers. Another demo involving Halo showed the use of a tablet to modify the player's gun and manage the players in a multiplayer game.
We immediately imagined simultaneously manipulating a controller and phone or tablet, but the scenarios shown by Microsoft have players switching between the different inputs. Additionally, with Microsoft's Kinect, you'll be controlling many more aspects of games with just your voice. Football legend Joe Montana came on stage to demonstrate calling plays and audibles in the huddle for an upcoming version of Madden with just his voice rather than a physical controller.