Xbox One goes World Cup-crazy with free Brazil Now app
Reality TV series, FIFA Ultimate Team part of Xbox's "Destination Brazil" push.
by Sam Machkovech - June 2 2014, 5:08pm EDT
Xbox One's promise of integrated, specialized media apps has yet to see a wealth of content, but the company's Destination Brazil initiative, launching on June 12 alongside the World Cup, sees Microsoft edging closer to the new console's multimedia aspirations. The whole thing, announced this morning, will revolve around Brazil Now, an app that collects your cable TV data and then tailors itself to your favorite team to deliver system notifications and deliver a statistics overload via the "snap" side-of-screen information panel.
It's similar to the Xbox One's NFL app, which debuted last fall and allowed users to pull up the snapped version of the app while playing games or watching media apps, but Brazil Now's root system integration, particularly its ability to pop up notifications, is an improvement—and a feature that should have been in the NFL app in the first place. Even better, in light of the Xbox's welcome transition away from the Live Gold paywall, Brazil Now won't require a subscription to use (but will lose a lot of its luster if users don't have a cable TV subscription).
Additionally, neither Live Gold nor cable subscriptions will be required to watch Every Street Unlimited, a soccer-scouting reality series that marks the first-ever offering from Xbox Entertainment Studios. The show will debut on June 15 within the Destination Brazil hub, where Microsoft will also advertise the latest Ultimate Team trading-card add-on for FIFA 2014, which went live for the game's owners this morning and added a World Cup-themed Ultimate Team mode. The "free" update hinges on virtual coins, which can either be earned in gameplay or purchased through "player pack" microtransactions.
Source: Ars Technica