Madden 13 and FIFA 13 voice control features take advantage of Microsoft Kinect.
EA Sports's two juggernaut sports franchises, FIFA and Madden, will be "powered by Kinect" this fall.
During Microsoft's E3 press conference, a demo of FIFA 13 showed that substitutions can be made and formations can be called via voice control with Kinect. No longer will players need to pause gameplay and flip through menu screens to manage their team. They'll just need to talk to the television.
Also shown was the ability to argue a ref's call. Curse him out, and prepare to be penalized in-game.
For Madden 13, Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback (let's not mention the 49ers) Joe Montana was called to the stage to demo the voice command controls.
He made a number of pre-snap calls: naming the play, singling out particular players, audible-ing, and hiking the ball. He also showed the ability to order his players to hurry up to the line after a play. Calling plays with voice control will be available for both offense and defense. There was slight delay between the hike and the ball actually being snapped, but this is still a work in progress.
FIFA 13 will be available in multiple languages and dialects later this year, and Madden 13 will be released on August 28th.