Microsoft has soft launched its new gaming/video streaming console Xbox One in several markets, selling several millions of units. The platform is now getting some updates across Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass, the app that allows the viewers’ mobile devices and tablets to interact with the biggest screen.
The SmartGlass update features Microsoft’s new OneGuide (TV guide feature), allowing users to browse TV listings AND use the set-top DVR service without switching inputs. Other SmartGlass features aim to enable easier navigation, Xbox Live messaging alerts on mobile devices, and easier social media interaction.
When it comes to updates to Xbox Video, starting this week, users can rent or buy a movie, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up where they left off on another. Microsoft is making the service available to select Xbox Live members (by invite only) in US, EU and Canada. “These features will be available to select Xbox Live members while we get feedback, and launch them officially for everyone later this year,” the company said.