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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


  1. RinceWind

    July 18, 2013 at 12:07

    I always said this whole surface thing was a fad/gimmick. Proof!


  2. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    July 18, 2013 at 12:07

    SmartGlass can kiss my ASS


  3. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    July 18, 2013 at 12:12

    Touch screen Hype Train DERAILED!


  4. DrKiller

    July 18, 2013 at 12:13

    Is Smartglass really using Wifi? I don’t think it does. I had the impression that it goes through the internet to access the Xbox. I haven’t tested this, but I know you can’t use Smartglass at all without an internet connection


    • Concerned

      July 18, 2013 at 12:21

      You can either use the internet, 3g or wifi. Using wifi on you local network is obviously the best and fastest.


    • HvR

      July 18, 2013 at 12:34

      I think the internet connection is needed so that Xbox and the Smartgalss device can both be signed in to Live (a requirement) but the actual data connection between the devices can be routed over your local WiFi.

      The WiiU Gamepad however connects directly to the console (Nintendo uses their own 802.11n protocol), enabling faster response times.


      • DrKiller

        July 18, 2013 at 12:36

        The fact that both devices need to sign into live is also pretty dumb though… Why can’t the phone use the Xbox’s profile that is already signed in?


        • HvR

          July 18, 2013 at 12:45

          Now your just baiting me to troll MS on Mandela day 🙂

          I think it is their way of getting you into their Live network (everything MS connected to everything else).

          I would like them to allow you to connect to the console directly using bluetooth (like the WiiU turn the smartphone into an actual controller) and ditch all the extra control stuff. This would definitely give them a heads up on the competition.


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      July 18, 2013 at 12:52

      Yeah..It’s an internet connection. Not adhoc wifi.


  5. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    July 18, 2013 at 12:22

    Man I really want wiiU to make a comeback


    • Argentil

      July 18, 2013 at 13:26

      Well, any reason for Nintendo to get their foot in the door. I just think they’ve made too many mistakes this gen. The outdated hardware can pass, but the console’s main selling feature is a tablet hybrid – which is a great idea, but we have smartphones and tablets with better touchscreens and portability all over the place. Why can’t we have a solution where you can take a portion of your game on the go when you’re not at home? The Wii U tablet is a far cry from the mature tablets available on the market.

      The biggest thing it lacks to make it a success is a killer app (or 10).


  6. Argentil

    July 18, 2013 at 13:22

    Well that’s surprising. No sarcasm. I’m honestly surprised that smartglass isn’t designed to be responsive. MS should have gone the proprietery route there and had windows tablets and phones link up directly to the console through bluetooth instead of an internet-enabled solution. This really puts a damper on my smartglass hopes. I was hoping for some interesting applications in games, we still might see other applications, like friends list/chat management, browsing, media functions etc.


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