Today, the 2013 NFL season gets underway. The opening game will see defending Super Bowl XLVII champions Baltimore Ravens up against the Denver Broncos. Both teams met in the playoffs last year, but only one went on to become champion. Should be an exciting game that helps set the tone for this season. What better way to enjoy the 94th regular season of the National Football League than with companion apps on your Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 device. Oh, and your Xbox 360 is getting in on the action too. Ready? Break!
Some of the promotion we'll see from Microsoft and the NFL over the next few months
We first heard of Microsoft and the NFL getting all cozy back at the Xbox One unveil event in May. Since then the two expanded on what their partnership meant. The deal between the NFL and Microsoft lasts 5 years and we’ll see most of the fruits of their endeavors on the Xbox One. But the Xbox One isn’t an insular experience as apps on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 will help improve the experience of watching the game. That's why Microsoft and the NFL have launched NFL.com Fantasy Football apps on the Xbox 360 and Windows 8. This is what you'll be getting with the Windows 8 version:
- LIVE SCORING: Follow your teams and players in real time with Game Center featuring the exclusive live scoring chart
- VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Watch in-game video highlights to track your team like never before on game day
- SET YOUR LINEUP: Start or bench players
- PLAYER NEWS: Get official news and injury updates, direct from NFL.com
- MANAGE MULTIPLE TEAMS: Access and control all of your NFL.com teams and leagues
A version for Windows Phone is coming soon, we’ve heard, maybe even as early as next week.
We did play with both the Xbox 360 and Windows 8 version and we like what we see so far. After creating an NFL.com account and joining a Fantasy league the app loaded all our data. We’ve yet to have the draft yet, but it looks like a solid first showing from both Microsoft and the NFL.
Kick off starts soon, so head to the Windows Store to get your Fantasy Football on. Don’t forget to go to the app section on your Xbox 360 and try that version out as well. We’ll let you folks know when the Windows Phone version comes.
Who’s winning tonight? Broncos or Ravens?
Via: Xbox Wire
Thanks for the tip Kyle!