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November 23, 2013

Xbox launches innovative device for fans

From the on-screen score box to high-definition telecasts to the yellow first-down line, innovation has become a huge part of NFL viewing. It’s about to take the next step.

Microsoft, which entered a five-year, $400 million deal with the NFL in May, on Friday launched Xbox One, which will provide fans with pretty much everything but snacks as they watch the action.

The idea for the device is to take the information viewers consume on second and third screens, from checking on their fantasy teams to devouring stats and chatting with friends, and put it all on the main screen in their home.

“Our vision for Xbox One is to enable a new level of interactive entertainment that makes your games, TV, movies, and sports come alive,” says Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer. “Our partnership with the NFL is in support of creating the most compelling NFL experience in your home on Xbox One and on the side line with Microsoft Surface.”

Soon, NFL coaching staffs will be able to use the Surface tablet for game-planning.

“For consumers, you can now snap the NFL experience on your TV screen next to live games so you can track your fantasy players stats while you watch the game,” Mehdi says. “On the sideline, we aim to bring the power of Microsoft technology to coaches and players to help them view plays and improve the game.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson usually is too busy on Sundays leading his Seahawks to dive into all the technology available for the armchair QBs around the nation. But he sees the value in what Xbox One offers, from live game action to stats and news and Skype or Snap, all of which are available on the single screen.

“Most people these days watch the NFL on TV, while also having a laptop or phone handy to check on their fantasy football teams and other games,” Wilson says. “The NFL on Xbox One changes all of that by bringing all that information onto one screen, with stats updating in real time.

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