Xbox 360 Finally Gets a Web Browser, Plus SmartGlass

Microsoft has officially announced Xbox Smartglass, a new feature for Xbox 360 and Microsoft tablets that integrates media content across the Xbox 360, Live enabled phones, and tablets.

An example on how this works: If you’re watching an episode of your favorite tv show on your Xbox 360, you will can enable a point map or cast information on your tablet that follows the events of the show. If you’re playing Madden, you can use Smartglass to select plays. If you’re playing Halo 4, you will be able to access Halo Waypoint via your tablet.

Smartglass will work with “all the devices you already own.” It will launch this fall.

Microsoft has also announced Internet Explorer! Finally a browser on the Xbox 360. You will be able to use Smartglass to browse the web with Internet Explorer. It will launch this year.