Windows Phone users can now download the new Xbox One SmartGlass
app ahead of the system's launch on Friday. The free app will allow players to navigate their console and browse the web on the big screen using their mobile devices, as well as check on their friends lists and achievements once they have their next-gen console set up.
As was previously revealed in September
, up to 16 people can connect to a single Xbox One system using SmartGlass, and developers can also offer help documentation for their games through the app and use it to handle matchmaking
for online multiplayer modes. Some games will include special SmartGlass features, such as defensive playcalling assistance
in Madden NFL 25
. The SmartGlass companion app is free, and will eventually roll to iOS and Android.