The first TV commercial for Microsoft's Xbox One, launched a couple of weeks ago, focused not on games but on how the upcoming console will be a huge deal for NFL fans. Today, Microsoft released its second Xbox One related TV ad and this one is clearly about the games, in particular "Forza Motorsport 5."
In the 30 second clip, posted on YouTube, we see a real-world McLaren 12C driving on a track with a huge camera bolted on top. The car drives past panels that are place on the side of the track, each one of which is a screenshot from "Forza Motorsport 5." When viewed from the car's camera as it drives by at 120 miles an hour, the panels appear to merge into one moving image that simulates what the actual game looks like.
It's a pretty impressive trick, and it's one that Microsoft clearly is proud of. In fact, the company has posted up four additional YouTube videos that show the extensive behind-the-scenes work on how this 30 second commercial was accomplished. One of them, shown above, is an over 2 minute version of the commercial. Another clip takes a look at the math that was needed to get all those panels lined up just right on the track so they could be filmed.
Source: Xbox on YouTube