Microsoft Corp. this week announced Xbox SmartGlass functionality between the Xbox 360, Windows 8 tablets, and Windows Phones.
In the demonstration, users can transfer a streaming program from a Windows 8 tablet to the Xbox 360 console. In addition, users can view additional data from their tablet when viewing the program from their console.
A game demonstration, allowed users to draw football plays and execute touch-based play from a Windows 8 tablet.
In addition, Halo 4 functionality allowed the user to find a new waypoint in the game, or execute a multiplayer session from the tablet.
Finally, a new Internet Explorer for Xbox available this fall will function with the Xbox SmartGlass application for mobile devices to control the Internet with pinch-to-zoom functionality and mouse movement from the phone.
Microsoft in Apr. recorded a 16 percent decline in the division that includes the Xbox business in third quarter results.
The Entertainment and Devices division posted revenue of $1.62 billion, a 16 percent decline from the year prior.
Microsoft cited a soft gaming market for the decline. The Xbox 360 held as the top console for the 15th consecutive month, and the company this quarter introduced new entertainment options to Xbox Live service to more than 40 million members.