The first Xbox One commercial in North America has hit the airwaves and it focuses on… Skype. And fantasy football. Now one might think that’s a curious move for a new gaming console, but if you saw the product’s debut back in May, you saw where Microsoft’s head was at.
Here’s the spot:
Of course it does make some sense to jump on the NFL train, what with the start of the season and all, and the Xbox One will feature a more robust tie-in with ESPN, the NFL Network, NFL.com, and Red Zone. But still, this is first and foremost a gaming machine, and if the technology leap from the 360 to the One is going to be worth investing in, you’d think it’d also be showing off in your first commercial. Meanwhile CNet’s Scott Stein went hands on with the system this week and came away a little skeptical of Microsoft’s claims about revolutionizing the way you watch football.
The Xbox One will be available in 13 markets on November 22 and cost $499 in the US. Microsoft says more than 20 games will be available at that time.