Additionally Tellem introduced a partnership with NFL that will allow for "more interactivity" for football fans. This includes the multi-tasking ability for fantasy football along with a vague allusion to a new "technology on the sidelines" that will "change the game for players and coaches."
Also at Tuesday's launch event, Eric Hirshberg from Infinity Ward introduced the next incarnation of some little indie game called Call of Duty: Ghosts. The basic premise is a "mass event" that cripples America and forces a ragtag band of Special Forces soldiers to fight for survival. Infinity Ward tapped Stephen Gaigin, scribe behind Traffic and Syriana to help develop the new branch of Duty.
Ghosts utilizes the brawnier One architecture in concert with a new Call of Duty engine and the results from the preview screened Tuesday are stunning.
An impressive salvo, Microsoft
It's been eight years since the Xbox 360 made its debut, and the Xbox One will find itself competing in a far more crowded marketplace than its predecessor. Not only will The One be going up against updated consoles from Sony and Nintendo, it will also need to prove its mettle against smaller upstarts like the $100 Android-based Ouya. The past few years have also seen an explosion in mobile gaming in addition to a complete reinvention of the home media consumption landscape. Redmond needed Tuesday's unveiling to make a big statement in this crowded, multi-platform home-gaming marketplace. And from this first glimpse, it really looks like Microsoft did.
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