Microsoft unveiled Xbox SmartGlass, which is a service that will allow tablet computers and smartphones to communicate with the consoles.
It will allows users to control games on the touchscreen devices and show extra information about the game you are playing.
It will also let the handhelds act as controllers for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, which is set to launch on the console later this year.
“Xbox SmartGlass works with all the devices that you already own: the TV you already own, the phone you already own and the tablet you already own,” said Marc Whitten, head of Microsoft’s Xbox Live division.
“Xbox SmartGlass turns any TV into a smart TV.”
A demo showed the highly anticipated first-person shooter Halo 4 using the facility to trigger maps and other data about its in-game environment.
The announcement was made in Microsoft’s keynote presentation at E3 today.