Microsoft releases SmartGlass SDK for developers

Microsoft has released an SDK for SmartGlass, its upcoming Xbox 360/Windows 8/Windows Phone cross-platform integration framework. The service allows non-Xbox devices, like tablet computers, to sync with the console and display context-sensitive information based on what's going on in a given game or app, among other uses.

The SDK, available now for anyone who's part of the Microsoft Game Developers Network, includes a SmartGlass JavaScript library, sample application and the Xbox SmartGlass Studio, an environment for constructing SmartGlass "activities." Microsoft isn't hedging its bets entirely upon third-party support, however, as the company plans on implementing the feature in every Microsoft Studios game from here on out.