SmartGlass too unresponsive for Rayman

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Rayman Legends is an incredible game, no matter what platform you get it on; though it will be better on the Wii U – mostly because of the wonderful second-screen interaction on that system’s touch-screen Gamepad.  You might be wondering why the Xbox version isn’t getting second screen support via SmartGlass. Plainly, it’s because SmartGlass kinda sucks.

According to Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel, SmartGlass is neither responsive nor popular enough to warrant the work.

“It’s not as responsive as we need,” Ancel told Shacknews “It’s not very popular today,” he added.

He’s right, too. SmartGlass utilises the internet and , and Ps3/Vita play go through regular WiFi, while the Wii U uses a proprietary WiFi system that ensures minimal lag, that’s not to say that Ancel is completely happy with the pad either; saying that playing with a stylus isn’t natural.

“..to me, it’s not very natural to play with the stylus,” he said. “I think most of the kids now are more comfortable with tablets, they use their fingers,” Ancel said. So, “we did some special developments to interpolate what the player is doing.”

What that means is that you don’t really need to use a stylus when playing Legends – which suits me fine, as I never use the stylus anyway. with second-screen gaming being such a big feature in the next generation, let’s hope it’s a little less laggy than the current implementation.

Last Updated: July 18, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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