The Xbox SmartGlass application is an app on the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 computers or devices. It can connect your Windows 8.1 computer or device to an Xbox. In this guide, we will discuss the many features of the Xbox SmartGlass app for Windows 8.1.
Features of Xbox SmartGlass on Windows 8.1 devices
The Xbox SmartGlass app for Windows 8.1 is an essential app if you have an Xbox and it comes with many useful features to make things easier for you when using an Xbox.
Note: In order to connect Xbox SmartGlass to an Xbox, they must both be on the same network and using the same Microsoft account.
Here we will discuss the many useful features of the Xbox SmartGlass app for Windows 8.1.
The Xbox SmartGlass app can connect to your Xbox automatically and even shows your current activity on the Xbox in Now Playing. Whenever you’re playing a game, the name of that game and a screen shot show up on the Xbox SmartGlass app running on your Windows 8.1 computer or device. Lets say you’re playing Dance Central 3, for example. This is what will appear on the Windows 8.1 device that is running Xbox SmartGlass:
Under Now Playing, there is a tile called Remote. Clicking this tile will let you use the Windows 8.1 computer or device running Xbox SmartGlass to remotely control the Xbox.
With the Remote feature, you can use your device to type text to your Xbox instantly. This is very useful as you search for games, music, apps, etc. on the Xbox a lot quicker than you could before.
You can also use the Remote feature on the Xbox SmartGlass app as a controller for the Xbox and direct commands towards your Xbox.
On your Windows 8.1 device running Xbox SmartGlass, move to the right and you can see your recent activity on the Xbox console. From here you can open Spotlight, where you can see games and movies that are popular at the moment. Clicking on one of them will provide you with more information on that particular game or movie and you even have the option to play them on the Xbox.