2003 marked the release of the first party football title, NFL
Fever 2004. While this may not seem important, it also marked
the launch of Microsoft’s XSN service.
XSN Sports is designed to link the Xbox, Xbox
Live and personal computers. The first question asked would
obviously be “how?” Simply put, XSN is based around the Website
http://www.XSNsports.com. Through this service, gamers can set
up tournaments, leagues, and analyze scouting reports.
feature takes the popular Internet concept of fantasy football to
the next step. Through XSN, gamers can set up leagues that feature
password protected games and their own personalized page that tracks
stats. You can initiate trades, check stats, and check standings
since the site updates these stats every 15 minutes.
will revolutionize sports video games as we know them," said Ed
Fries, corporate vice president of Xbox games publishing at
Microsoft. "The ability to create customized leagues and tournaments
among your group of friends, where the competition truly matters, is
the breakthrough sports gamers have been waiting for."
In addition to "NFL Fever 2004," XSN Sports features a robust lineup
of Xbox-exclusive titles launching this fall, including these:
The complete tennis experience that allows gamers to experience
intense, realistic tournament competition features 16 of the
world's greatest tennis stars including Pete Sampras, Anna
Kournikova and Lleyton Hewitt.
The sequel to the popular extreme sport title on Xbox now includes
more rendered real mountains, new combo and style tricks, and
hoops experience now features new cover athlete Shaquille O'Neal
and revamped offensive and defensive schemes.
The most realistic golf series on the PC has been specially
designed for Xbox and is set to make its console debut.
hockey title created by Microsoft for Xbox features Steve Yzerman
as the cover athlete and the ultimate hockey experience.