In order for the Xbox One to successfully become the most important device in your living room (or bedroom depending on where you live), it needs to be able to deliver your favorite sports games and sports news effectively. Thanks to Microsoft’s new partnerships with ESPN and the NFL, that coveted “Top Dog” spot is looking like it’s a serious possibility.
Let’s start with how the Xbox One will show off its NFL content.
In addition to airing what you would see live on The NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, and/or NFL.com (Xbox Live Gold and cable subscription required), the Xbox One will provide fans with numerous options, stats, and widgets to browse through while watching.
One of these options is the ability to check the stats of how your NFL.com Fantasy Football team is doing in real-time. Not only that, but you’ll be able to see the actual highlights whenever you’d like. So let’s say that you’re watching a game on The NFL Network and you see in your customized widget that #1 draft pick Cam Newton just scored a TD and got you 6 points. Instead of waiting for that replay to show up for you, you’ll now be able to bring that replay to the front and watch it quickly.
If you’d rather play Call of Duty on Sundays then watch the NFL, users will also have the option of keeping the stats widget minimized while they play (see above)
The NFL Experience on Xbox One will be available in November 2013. Xbox 360 owners will be able to sync their NFL.com Fantasy Football account starting September 3rd, 2013
Following up with their successful partnership on the Xbox 360, ESPN will be returning to Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold subscription and cable subscription required). But in addition to watching your favorite ESPN programs, fans will be offered a deeper customization of content so that they’ll know what’s the latest news with their favorite (or least favorite) team.
What ESPN will also offer Xbox One users is the ability to jump to highlights from all sorts of games and events–negating the need to wait for content.