Dead Rising 3, which was announced at E3 as an XBox One exclusive, will utilize Microsoft’s mobile/tablet companion tool SmartGlass. Essentially, SmartGlass is an app that connects your tablet or mobile device to your Xbox, and Dead Rising 3 plans on using SmartGlass to push the game’s capabilities.
In a recent interview, Capcom executive producer Josh Bridge explained that SmartGlass isn’t a stand-alone app. You have to start Dead Rising 3 first, then SmartGlass will recognize that the game is being played. Bridge continued:
It actually skins your phone to be like the phone from the game’s universe. You’ll get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy.
And if you don’t get the calls, you don’t get the extra missions. Bridge admitted that SmartGlass is Windows only right now, however it will eventually be compatible with Android and iOS systems. So for those of you without Windows devices, it is only a matter of time. But for those of you who do not plan on using SmartGlass, there’s no reason to worry. You can still complete the story without the extra missions, because the missions are just that: extra. There are no achievements for the SmartGlass missions, either.
The extra missions form a separate story line that, while interwoven with the main one, is not necessary. As Bridge put it, you aren’t losing anything by not having SmartGlass, you’re just “getting more out of the game” if you do have it. For example, one benefit is that you can unlock new moves like aerial strike. Another advantage is, even though SmartGlass does not replace co-op, you can have a friend send an aerial strike for you while you’re playing, adding another dimension to the game.
What do you think? Will you be getting SmartGlass? It’s free, so there’s no risk, but let us know if you think it’s a good idea or not.