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E3: The XBox Roundup

The beginning of the week saw the annual advent of E3 - or Electronics Entertainment Expo - conference in Los Angeles. This is where electronics companies come each year to preview whats in store for their respective hardware systems, software releases, and everything in between. There were three big topics that Microsoft touched on this year that turn me into a giddy little schoolboy: Halo 4 and SmartGlass. Halo 4: I've been a Halo fan for less time than most franchise die-hards. My true introduction to the series - and to the 360 system itself - was with the 3rd installment of the series. Sure, I'd played Halo 2's local multiplayer on the original XBox a handful of times when visiting friends' houses, but the campaign storyline wasn't something I was familiar with. Personally, the initial draw to Halo 3 was the online multiplayer aspect. Despite long considering myself a gamer, I didn't get into online multiplayer competitive gaming until the Winter of '06 when I would take a 12-pack of Bud Light to a buddy's house to play Halo 3. Needless to say, I got hooked on the experience. Once I got my own copy of the game, I came to appreciate the mythos the writers of the series had built. It's bonafide sci-fi, and on par with any cinematic story of the same ilk. Smart Glass: Smart Glass represents a paradigm shift in the way different proprietary technologies are finally beginning to embrace each other. It's no secret that Microsoft and Apple have long been rivals. Where once Microsoft was the software king, Apple has now dominated the personal computing world, penetrating the market in an unprecedented way. As a result, it's not uncommon for a person to own both an XBox 360 and an iPad, for instance. Both devices are ubiquitous in their respective markets, and consumers are less and less inclined to shun one due solely to the longstanding rivalry between their respective makers. Where does that leave us in today's highly technological world? The consumers want their devices to work together, and the makers have to take note. That's where SmartGlass comes in. Sure, Microsoft would love it if you only had Windows 8 phones, or Windows 8 tablets, or any other number of Windows branded products, but this is the real world, and Microsoft has tainted their own Windows brand. (Vista, anyone?) SmartGlass will work with a myriad of Windows 8 products, but for the first time, XBox is offering the deepest interaction with non-Windows products than they ever have before. SmartGlass will be available not only on industry leading iOS devices like iPads and iPhones, but also on a number of Android devices as well. The limit as to what SmartGlass will be able to do seems to lie with the developers, because from the looks of it, Microsoft themselves are encouraging an incredible level of compatibility between their gaming system and other non-XBox devices. That being said, parts of the SmartGlass M.O. do come off looking a lot like Apple's AirPlay and AppleTV-iPad compatibility, but nonetheless, much kudos are due Microsoft for an all-of-the-above approach to interconnectivity. For a better explanation of SmartGlass' potential, watch the video below. For the entire XBox 360 briefing, click here or follow the source. Source [XBox]