SmartGlass Delivers Wii U Like Experience To Forza Horizon

Microsoft made a very minor splash this past June when the company revealed its SmartGlass technology for Windows 8, software that works in conjunction with Xbox 360 games to provide an experience similar to Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U. Although SmartGlass doesn't transform a tablet into a controller, it supposedly enhances these titles by making things more user friendly.

Today, Microsoft showcased how this will happen in its newest racing title, Forza Horizon. Through SmartGlass, players can use their Windows 8 devices to view the in-game map of Colorado. From there, they can pinch and zoom, set waypoints that automatically appear in this virtual world and locate new race events and upgrade discount signs.

What makes this especially useful is the simple fact that players no longer have to pause the game to view the map, which is quite Wii U-like, indeed.

We'll have more on SmartGlass in the coming weeks. Forza Horizon, meanwhile, is available now.