This special deal will cost approx. $458.76 over the course of two years (before taxes).
Customers who pass the credit check will have 30 days to return their console for a full refund, though the first month’s subscription fee is nonrefundable.
This is a great strategy by Microsoft to get the Xbox into as many homes as possible to serve as a home multimedia device.
Remember, having an Xbox will be an important piece of the Microsoft platform unification strategy.
This will also be an important counter to the Apple TV set-top boxes from Apple.
Xbox SmartGlass will be integrated with Windows 8
Today at the E3 conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft introduced Xbox SmartGlass.
Here’s what Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business had to say about SmartGlass:
“SmartGlass takes all of your devices and first makes them all work together, and second works in concert with your Xbox to unleash a whole bunch of new scenarios,” Mehdi says. “Imagine being on the couch and watching a show or a game and having your tablet suddenly light up with information, and as things occur in the show, the tablet updates. It’s really, really cool.”
SmartGlass means using your tablet to draw up a play in the Xbox 360 “Madden Football” game before watching the play executed to perfection on your television. SmartGlass means watching a movie and being presented with bonus features and related content on your phone or tablet without having to lift a finger.
With Internet Explorer coming to Xbox, SmartGlass also means exploring and controlling your favorite websites on your TV with a swipe, pinch or zoom on your tablet or phone’s touchscreen.
“In the past when people have tried to put a Web browser on the TV, the experience has always been difficult to navigate,” says Lisa Worthington, senior public relations manager for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. “You need to have something to input text easily, but keyboards and mice don’t really belong in the living room and using a remote is awkward.”
With SmartGlass, people can now use their phone or tablet to type text, pinch and zoom, and even pin their favorite sites directly to the Xbox dashboard.
The E3 demo was interesting because it showed the ability for SmartGlass to show (on your tablet or phone) information about the movie playing on your TV while you watched it.
It looked cool as a concept but it remains to be seen how many people really want to deal with 3 or 4 media sources at the same time in the living room.
It’s like 3D TV. It sounded great in theory but when it came right down to it, consumers weren’t really into the gimmick.
Time will tell with this one.
What about you? Do you think SmartGlass is something you will use going forward on a regular basis?
There were rumors that Microsoft is planning to come up with a new generation of Xbox and the documents that are leaked on the net are proving this.
A newly leaked document of 56 pages have put some light on what the company is trying to do in Xbox 720.
The documents reveal that Microsoft will be incorporating a lot of new and exciting features to their upcoming gaming console.
This document is from August 2010 and it reveals that the company is planning to introduce SmartGlass, a Metro styled dashboard, and TV apps in the Xbox.
They will also be including support for Blu-Ray, native 3D output and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensors, peripheral support and much more.
They are trying to make the Xbox 720 6 times better than Xbox 360 in terms of performance.
They will also add 1080 output with a full 3D support with an “always on” state for the console. The document also reveals that Microsoft may cost $299 for Xbox 720. They will be providing a Kinetic 2 hardware.
“Microsoft lays out a roadmap for its “Fortaleza”
Described as a “breakthrough heads up and hands-free device,” Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 product that won’t launch alongside the Xbox 720 console. Microsoft doesn’t provide any specifics about how the glasses will work on the Xbox, but they do appear to be designed to be mobile for use away from the console.” The Verge reported.
Microsoft is dreaming very big with its new device and if they succeed to do this, the Xbox720 could well be a market changer.