Microsoft has officially released the Xbox One marketing hounds in preparation for an upcoming November 22 system launch. At the head of the pack, the first commercial for the next generation console chased down televisions nation-wide to ask, “Are you ready for some football?”
The sure-fire spot focused entirely on non-gaming aspects of the forthcoming hardware, chief among them being Microsoft’s lucrative partnership with the National Football League. The TV spot – which can be viewed after the jump – showcases Kinect-based voice control, live sports streaming, the NFL app with fantasy integration and, of course, real-time Skype.
Xbox fans, who use the system to play games, might be disappointed in seeing the spot as another chapter in the narrative that paints the Xbox One as an all-around entertainment device first, and a gaming platform second. However, this commercial is likely the first of many, many fronts in the war for your wallet, and targeted specifically at the massive football-oriented audience tuned in for last week’s NFL season opener.
Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has unveiled that Electronic Arts’ new NFL Blitz for XBLA will be launching on January 4th, just in time to coincide with the NFL playoffs. …
A few months ago the new iteration of NFL Blitz was revealed, but little was known about the reboot. Over the last few weeks we’ve received more and more details about the game via the “Blitz two-minute drills” videos. This week, NFL Blitz Designer, Yuri Bialoskursky, took to the NFL Blitz blog to let us know about the co-op modes featured in the game. With two modes, “Blitz Teams” and “Online co-op”, both detailed in the video above, the newest version of NFL Blitz wants you to play the game with friends, and that’s perfectly fine with us.