Xbox SmartGlass lands October 26, but wait for iPhone and Android apps stretches to 2013

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Microsoft’s SmartGlass second-screen solution for the Xbox 360 gaming console will launch on October 26 alongside Windows 8. The app will let tablets and smartphones interact with the Xbox 360 console, acting as companion devices to the action onscreen, letting you navigate media playback and receive supplementary information to go along with select games and apps, as well as acting as a controller for the newly-introduced Internet Explorer web browser on the console.

The app will initially work with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices, while those hoping to interact with an Android or iOS device will have to wait until early 2013 for that compatibility to launch.smartglass-room.pngAn Xbox Live Gold account is needed for some SmartGlass features to work.

The full list of SmartGlass-compatible apps s as follows. Note some of these are US-only, while Microsoft says there’ll be additions to each category in the coming months and weeks:

Games:

Ascend
Dance Central 3
Forza Horizon
Halo Waypoint
Home Run Stars
Karaoke
Kinect Sesame Street TV
Prima Games

Sports:

ESPN
NBA Game Time
UFC

Entertainment Apps:

Elections 2012
HBO GO
MSN
NBC News
NOW TV
Slacker Radio
TODAY
Univision

Gerald Lynch