If you’re not among the millions of spectators who will watch the World Cup matches live and would prefer the comfort of your own home over the loud crowds at the local pub, you can still be part of all the action. Thanks to Skype on Xbox One*, here are some ways you can experience your favorite team’s every dribble, flick header and “goaaaaaal” and interact with other soccer fans in real-time — like never before.
- Host your own viewing party. With (new) free Skype Group Video Calling on Xbox One, you can get together with up to three additional people during the games to cheer for the group’s favorite team (or jeer each other’s players). You can challenge your friends cheering for the opposing “team” to a face painting contest,.
- There’s (bench) strength in numbers. No matter how big your at-home gathering, everyone will get their time on the screen and will fit into the frame. The Kinect camera on Xbox One makes it easy to get everyone in the shot thanks to its wide-angle lens. And, the camera pans and zooms automatically to focus on callers as they move, so whoever wants to join in a cheerleading routine or instant replay reenactment can do so.
- Get an assist. Multitasking is no sweat with Snap. While you’re on a voice-activated Skype video call, you can Snap Internet Explorer to check the scores or even watch the matches live with your friends. Nothing beats showing off your victory dance in real time!
- Celebrate every “goaaaaaal.” Skype notifications will show you who is celebrating with you: If your team is winning, Skype notifications will automatically pop up on the right side of your screen when you get enthusiastic calls and messages from fellow fans and supporters. If your team is not having a good day and you feel like lying low, all you have to do is turn off the notifications.
- Who deserves credit? Now that fans can access their Skype Credit on Xbox One to call phones via Skype, you can keep friends and family who can’t watch the game updated on the score. That’s certain to get you named Most Valuable Player!
*Xbox Live Gold membership required (sold separately). IMPORTANT! Coming In June, some apps, including Skype on Xbox One, will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold membership. See xbox.com/livefaq. Advanced TV hardware and Kinect sensor required for Skype voice chat and video calling features.