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Xbox One FIFA World Cup app 'enhances TV games'

Snap stats and social feeds alongside football

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One FIFA World Cup app, which will provide console owners with live match notifications and real-time match stats.

Set to launch on June 12, the Brazil Now app can be snapped alongside live TV games (or indeed, any content) to "enhance" the viewing experience with team and player stats, live social feeds and interactive polls.

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When using other apps or playing games, the Brazil Now app will provide score updates and match alerts.

The Now app will launch as part of Xbox One's Destination Brazil section, which will also encompass FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup, the Copa90 video channel and new interactive reality show Every Street United.

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The latter follows football players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids as they scout the world's most gifted, undiscovered street stars across eight countries.

Xbox Live Gold membership is not required, but Microsoft says users will need "advanced TV hardware", broadband internet, and a subscription from an affiliated service provider.

Brazil Now key features

  • Whatever you are doing on Xbox One this summer, Brazil Now gives you notifications of when matches are starting, goal alerts and score updates. You can use these notifications to jump directly into the app and get details about the match in progress, or watch the match live.
  • While you are watching live matches on Xbox One, you'll get real-time information updates, team and player stats, such as shots on goal, scorers, cards and possession, and action photos direct from the stadium to bring you closer to the action, all powered by Bing.
  • Be part of the Xbox crowd with interactive polls during the live matches. Who will win? Did the referee make the right call? By taking part in the poll, you will receive cards to collect and unlock the latest team photos. Collect all 96 cards to earn bragging rights and the top spot on your Friends Leaderboard.
  • Pick your team to personalize Brazil Now with at-a-glance info of all your team's upcoming matches, tweets, squad and group information.
  • Snap Brazil Now next to video games, movies, Skype, or live TV for all the latest news, scores, and stats from the games and teams you care about the most.

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