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November 23, 2013

Xbox launches innovative device for fans

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“I don’t have much time to play fantasy football, but I know plenty of friends and fans who will love how the NFL on Xbox One. This app will help them keep up with their teams on game day with real-time updates and highlights available right beside the game you’re watching on television.”

Available along with live game telecasts will be NFL RedZone and NFL Network; Snap, through which fantasy teams can be tracked while still watching the game on the screen; and Skype for, well, trash-talking with folks at the other end. Roughly 20 million Americans play fantasy football.

“These new consoles are really advanced, and the integration of the new user interfaces and experiences, such as the NFL and ESPN on Xbox, will bring a totally new type of sport experience to the console,” says Brian Blau, research director in consumer technologies at Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory company in Stamford, Conn.

“Today for the sports fan they have to bring together a PC, mobile device, and maybe have multiple devices to get the same type of experience that the new sports experiences on Xbox will deliver. Imagine being able to watch a game, get sports stats, be social about it, and even during the breaks then go off and play a sport video game, all of this will be new types of experiences and user interfaces for the sports fan.”

The NFL on Xbox One requires advanced TV hardware, broadband internet, and special accounts with nfl.com and Xbox.

“Today what you are seeing in terms of the NFL and ESPN Xbox One apps is really just the start,” Blau says.

Can all of this become too much, too distracting from the product itself: the game.

“I don’t think so at all,” Wilson says. “If anything, many fans, especially those that play fantasy football, are already distracted by checking updates on the laptops and phones. The NFL on Xbox One puts all the information fans care about most together on the (same) screen in your home.”

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