Major Nelson on Xbox One and Smartglass: Gamers “Don’t Want to Have the Same Screen Shrunk Down”

on November 18, 2013 3:54 PM

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb was interviewed on  a variety of topics by Forbes, and he talked about the Smartglass interaction between Xbox One and mobile devices, explaining that gamers simply don’t care for playing on the go with the same screen shrunk down (which seems to be a subtle jab to Sony’s remote play feature):

Some of the games are doing that, but what we found out is that gamers certainly want to take their game with them but they just don’t want to have the same exact screen shrunk down for a lot of different reasons, you know, the horsepower of Xbox One is there and not on your mobile phone.

So it’s how can you stay connected, maybe you’re helping your team in a multiplayer match by spotting things… doing some real simplistic things on a phone that the touch interface really contributes to, so lot of our developers are doing things like that.

Now, I can’t talk for others, but personally I really enjoy playing on the same screen shrunk down, so whoever this was “found” from, it wasn’t me.

What about you? Do you prefer a completely different and “simplistic” mobile experience, the ability to play the same game on a portable device, or maybe both?

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.