brookie_2001 wrote:I think SmartGlass is a great idea and much more cost effective way to get a similar experience to a WiiU without buying one. Most people will have a device that supports SmartGlass. However i do think it will end up being a gimmick and never have any solid software that makes you want to use it. That is where the WiiU will win because it will be a requirement for most games.
I partially agree, but I see SmartGlass being used for a variety of uses beyond games. It could, for example, interface with Windows 8 at some point to provide a new type of mouse pad... a touch pad for Windows 8's new touch interface, rather than a mouse.
For the xbox, I see it as a quick & simple way to interface with the box without the need to fully boot into the box, or to move through the house to do so. For example, if you use your xbox for a media experience then you can already use SmartGlass to quickly interface with the XBox. You can que music, movies, and so on.
Now imagine it being combined with Skype, which Microsoft now owns and is ditching MSN Messenger for. Combine SmartGlass, Skype, and Kinect and you have a video call in your living room using your TV by using hardware and services that you already own. This will be great for families.
For games, I can see SG being used to do things like manage your inventory without some intrusive interface appearing on the big screen, or as a radar system ala the marines in Aliens, as a real physical notepad for mysteries & adventure games that will actually improve immersion, and so on.
There are a myriad of possibilities. These are all just off the top of my head.
The Wii U is pretty much screwed. Even current gen consoles are already better, to say nothing of how bad it's going to get stomped by the new XBox. PS4 has its Vita integration to accomplish a roughly similar experience as well, though I don't see it being as universally applicable as SmartGlass.