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As the ancient proverb goes: a next-gen console ain't no next-gen console without next-gen mobile apps. We can't remember who said that exactly, but it's impossible to forget what's built into the new Xbox One SmartGlass app. After all, Microsoft's been hyping everything you'll be able to do with that second screen for months now. In preparation for the One's launch later this week, the companion app has (unsurprisingly) landed first in the Windows Phone store. As you'd imagine, it's basically useless, but you can still download it, sign in and poke around the limited UI should you wish. We expect the new version to show up in the App and Play stores in due course, but perhaps this debut appearance will remind Sony that Windows Phone users like apps, too.
Source: Windows Phone store
Continue reading SmartGlass for Xbox One reaches Windows Phone a few days early
After crossing under the elevated railroad viaduct that bisects a lush Azerbaijani forest from an industrial landscape, a squad of American soldiers gazes out at the valley that lies below. A saw-toothed horizon of half-assembled buildings juts out in the distance. It's almost peaceful. Hundreds of seagulls chatter lazily overhead, blissfully unaware that the ensuing firefight will leave the seemingly forgotten structures looking somehow even worse for wear. Whole facades crumble under the hellfire of a military attack chopper. A grenade launcher's explosive payload immediately contradicts the seemingly harmless thud it makes upon exiting the weapon's chamber. An enemy scrambles for a new safe haven; his earlier hiding place no longer exists. By scene's end, all that's left are roiling flames and caustic black smoke.
This scene from the Battlefield 4 trailer was how the world, perhaps unwittingly, met Frostbite Engine 3, the next-gen toolset powering all of Electronic Arts' non-sports games for the foreseeable future.
It sure is good that Microsoft's Xbox One controller doesn't have a "Share" button dedicated to pushing live broadcasts of gameplay to the internet, because that functionality is being delayed beyond the console's November 22nd launch date. Microsoft confirmed as much this morning in a cursory footnote in a larger piece about the Twitch.tv app, which reads, "We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community." It sounds like, as it stands now, broadcasting via Xbox One isn't up to snuff for release.
"While this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready," the note continues. "Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014." We've yet to use the Xbox One's broadcasting since first hearing about it during the console's debut event last May. To be clear, the Twitch.tv app is different from the ability to broadcast gameplay through Twitch.
In addition to the delay news, Microsoft released a video of Twitch.tv's app in action, which enables viewing of gameplay broadcasts (it's below the break). Hilariously, this will allow Xbox One players to watch live gameplay from other game platforms, just not the one they're using. Womp womp.
Source: Xbox Wire
Continue reading Xbox One gameplay broadcasting delayed to 'the first part of 2014'
Yahoo's been working hard to include support for Apple services in its Screen iOS app, now it's gone one better and launched its video-discovery app on Apple TV. With an emphasis on comedy, Yahoo Screen has been designed to collate the best of web video, including clips from Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show, as well as live news, events and music. You'll also be able to browse trending videos and watch Yahoo Originals programming, which are delivered direct to your Apple TV without the need to AirPlay them across. AllThingsD reports that PBS has also quietly pushed a new app, letting users get their Nova, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, or Downton Abbey fix. Today's update may only available to US users but Apple isn't being shy about broadening the number of Apple TV apps across the globe.
Source: Yahoo Screen (Tumblr)
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