This ties into my previous post, where I spoke about how to get your game or app on Xbox One.
I also spoke about SmartGlass development on this week’s Hanselminutes podcast.
Xbox SmartGlass SDK
Here is a Windows 8.1 sample on how to connect devices via WebSockets. I learned this on my own in two days, without any prior WebSockets knowledge. If I can do it, then you surely can.
For a practical example on how to take advantage of a second screen experience, take a look at how the devs at in8bit integrated a second screen for their upcoming Unity title, Super Truckin’.
How to get started
Don’t have any hardware? Not a problem. If you’re in the US, I can pair you up with another Tech Evangelist in your area who can get you hardware (tablets or phones) and perhaps even some software to get you started. This site can help pair you up as well. Reach out to them!
Use WebSockets to have your second screen device communicate with your Windows 8 machine. Nearly everything you can do with SmartGlass, you can do on Win8 with WebSockets!