Your smartphone or tablet will soon be able to control and display games and movies from an Xbox 360. Set to be released along with Windows 8 this Friday, Microsoft's new SmartGlass app is designed to bridge the gap between the Xbox and mobile devices.
The free app will naturally support Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs as well as Windows Phone 8 devices. But it will also run on iOS and Android devices.
As described in a blog by Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Division, Xbox 360 owners will be able use their mobile devices to remotely control games, TV shows, movies, and other types of entertainment. For example, you'll be able to play, pause, rewind, or advance videos directly through your smartphone or tablet.
Your phone or tablet can also serve as a second screen to your Xbox. Two people could play the same game together -- one in front of the Xbox and the other on a mobile device.