Microsoft has created a new hub on Xbox One for the World Cup to try and convince fans to watch their favorite team on the console.
The hub will feature a brand new app created by Soho Studios, the team behind the original Sky Player on Xbox 360, called Brazil Now. The app can be left running in the background or snapped to the side of the screen and will offer real-time stats while watching live games, or a live social experience—more on that below. While the app is running the background it will also provide notifications when matches are about to kick off or goals are scored.
As well as the app, Destination Brazil will feature Every Street United, a new reality TV series that is part of Microsoft’s Xbox originals programming. EA will also be spotlighting its FIFA 14 World Cup content, and video content from YouTuber Copa90 will also be available.
“What we’re trying to really accomplish is a single destination that brings you the best way to experience these experiences with football — football or soccer, depending on the market you’re in,” Matthew Reid, senior product marketing manager at Microsoft told Polygon.
While using the Brazil Now app to watch a match via cable TV, the app will ask randomly ask questions to the whole community such as “was that the best goal of the tournament?” Users will have a limited time to answer, and doing so will earn cards that unlock team photos. There will be an integrated leaderboard showing the progress that individuals have made to collecting all the cards.
Everything mentioned above is free for all Xbox Live users on Xbox One, there’s no need for a Gold subscription.