How good is the Xbox 360’s impersonation of the Wii U? If you have Forza Horizon, a Windows tablet, an Xbox 360 and — oh yeah, power in your home and internet (not guaranteed in times like these!) — you can find out.
The game’s SmartGlass support just went live. Full press release below.
Note how this works: they’re not sending data from console to tablet. They’re sending data from the console to the cloud, sending an internet signal to your tablet and syncing those as tightly as possible. Not quite the speedy direct connection of a Wii U, but it’s something.
“Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience Available Now
Extended Windows 8 experience gives “Forza Horizon” players instant access to open roads of Colorado
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the release of the official “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience, a free download for Windows 8 PCs that allows players to extend their racing fun in this year’s biggest racing game, “Forza Horizon.”
The “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience works as an interactive map of Colorado—the vast open-world environment where fans will drive, explore, and race against other players. Using the “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience, “Forza Horizon” players can instantly access the entire map of Colorado. Using familiar navigation gestures like pinch to zoom, players can explore the interactive map and set waypoints on the map simply by tapping the desired location on the screen. Once a destination is chosen, that waypoint is automatically set in the game and new route directions are presented to the player.
The interactive SmartGlass Experience for “Forza Horizon” lets players explore the open roads of Colorado with ease. In addition, as with the in-game map, the “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience includes locations of special items such as smashable upgrade discount signs, new race events, and more. Through a robust set of filters, players will be able to quickly find exactly the event or item they are looking for with just a few swipes of their fingers.
With no need to pause the game in order to access the in-game map, the “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience offers new players a chance to familiarize themselves with the open world of Colorado, and offers experienced drivers an edge over the competition.
The “Forza Horizon” SmartGlass Experience is available now for Windows 8 PCs, with support for additional platforms coming soon.
Where Cars Belong: “Forza Horizon” will be available starting on Oct. 23 in a Limited Collector’s Edition ($79.99 U.S. ERP) and a Standard Edition ($59.99 U.S. ERP). The game is rated “T” For Teen by the ESRB.