If you listen in the distance you can hear the cheers of football fans. Next week, the NFL kicks off pre-season and they will be doing so with some fancy new toys. Microsoft just announced that the Surface Pro 2 won't be a part of the games anymore. Instead, the season will kick off with the Sideline Viewing System. The new system, which is powered by Surface Pro 3s, will allow for instantaneous photos and replays. But that's not the only change being made. Microsoft and the NFL are also going to start testing video as part of the Sideline Viewing System, including replays of questionable calls that referees can watch via the custom-made device! This will definitely change the way challenges are called.
There is going to be a test run first, of course, because they need to see how things work. However, with 20 games in the pre season alone, they are going to get a good idea from different teams as to how it works. Microsoft has already changed the game by taking away paper and replacing it with a tablet. Now they are thinking about putting monitors on the field for players to watch as well.
But that wasn't the only thing that Microsoft reveals. They also displayed a new app for Xbox One, and they also showed off Windows 10. The application will allow sports fans to look at detailed player stats. Some of the new information includes speed, velocity, and total distance fan. Those stats will join catches, touchdowns, yards covered, and some of the other details that were already listed.
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Microsoft also added something called "Game Day Notifications" to help with fantasy players who want to stay up to date on the latest information. They can even get notification as the games are playing! Most importantly, you can now set two favorite teams as well, which is a good thing for every fantasy football buff with a Windows 10 computer or an Xbox One.