You’ve probably heard about Smartglass or seen the video. You’ve followed the instructions (log in with common Live/Xbox ID on Xbox and Windows 8 device, install & configure the app), started playing a video, swiped up, hit Play To, and there’s no option for your Xbox. Then you start searching and find the same result I did, and wonder if your Surface is broken.
I verified that it wasn’t just the Surface, by recreating the scenario from a pristine virtual machine.
So what was wrong? It appears that Microsoft missed an instruction:
- Hit Charms – Settings – PC Settings
- Go to Devices
- Add A Device, let it search.
- Add Xbox 360 (Digital media server)
- Wait for it to add & install
Now start a video on your Windows 8 machine, open the app bar (bottom), hit Play To –> XBox 360