Some people watched Microsoft’s SmartGlass presentation at E3 and thought that the company was trying to emulate the Nintendo Wii U. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, asserts that SmartGlass and the Wii U tablet controller are being built for different purposes.
“Our SmartGlass was driven by the fact that people use multiple devices at home to consume content,” said Spencer. “Whether they’re watching TV with their laptop up or sitting with their phone while browsing the web, we could use the power of Live to connect all these devices in an intelligent way and turn your TV into a smart TV.”
He countered that by saying about the Wii U, “I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built. They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability. Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalog of games that are on 360. It is easy for those games to move over to the Wii U. They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers, so I get why they are putting those pieces together.”