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This documentation details the SmartGlass protocol, used by the Xbox One gaming console family.


SmartGlass is a remote control protocol developed by Microsoft for their Xbox gaming system. It was originally developed for the Xbox 360, where it relied on an active Xbox Live connection for communication with the console. With the Xbox One it directly communicates over the local network.

In this documentation only the Xbox One variant of SmartGlass is documented.

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Here is a rough overview about the capabilities of the SmartGlass protocol.

The following specifications share similarities with the Xbox specific protocols.

SmartGlass protocol

Nano protocol (v1/v2)

XCloud (Nano v3)


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