The updated app on Xbox 360 still features all of the familiar Kinect gesture and voice commands required by Microsoft law, and lets users stream multiple events in split-screen format, set reminders for big games and track their favorite sports through a customizable menu. Next month, SmartGlass functionality will also be added to the app.
You can download the improved app right now, simply by booting up the old app or heading to the appropriate section of your Xbox 360 dashboard.
ESPN on Xbox, now powered by WatchESPN, offers the following features:
· My Sports. ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as "My Sports," so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on "My Sports," catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about.
· Mini Guide. The mini-guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen. This fall it is all about football, and now the best fans don't have to miss anything. Is another game tied up late in the fourth quarter? Instantly switch to that game. Halftime? Play the earlier highlights.
· Split Screen. Because true sports fans want to watch more than one game at a time, ESPN on Xbox has a split screen, allowing you to watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one while you catch up on news and highlights on the other. You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.
· Gesture Control and Voice Control with Kinect for Xbox 360. Focus on your team instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the content guide, skip to the next highlight, or play, pause, and rewind that big play...all with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.
· Reminders. Too many big games to keep track of in your head? Not to worry – ESPN on Xbox now lets you tag games and set reminders so you never miss a moment.
· Interactive ESPN BottomLine. The ESPN BottomLine keeps you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports. Xbox has added interactive functionality that raises the bar for fans everywhere, with live alerts and the capability to jump to different sports or skip to the next story.
We recently brought your favorite sports together in an all-new Sports destination right on the Xbox dashboard.* By expanding today's existing lineup of sports partners - including the updated ESPN app, UFC, MLB and NBA - Xbox is taking live sports on TV to a whole new level with personalization features, deeper interactivity, and social connectivity found only on Xbox 360. And beginning in December, Xbox SmartGlass experiences for ESPN, NBA and SportsPicks will be available on the platform.
We look forward to sharing additional entertainment and sports experiences on Xbox in the future. For more information, visit www.xbox.com.