ESPN on Xbox Live gets split-screen, Kinect support in August

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 27, 2011 2:15pm PDT

ESPN on Xbox Live is going to get a major update next month. Boasting a redesign, the ESPN app will be updated with a slew of new features.

"The new ESPN on Xbox LIVE is going to the take the sports viewing experience to the next level," Raphael Poplock, Vice President, Games and Partnerships at ESPN said in a press release. "By putting fans in control through better personalization and interactive features, we’re able to deliver live events, highlights and more from ESPN in unique and innovative ways."

The ESPN app currently offers access to live events, and replays and highlights from ESPN3.com. On August 25th, the app will be updated with split-screen support, allowing users 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."

You can use the split-screen functionality in conjunction with the new Scoreboard feature, which quickly shows the most pertinent numbers you want from a game. "You can even use Split Screen to watch the big game on one side of your screen while the live scoreboard occupies the other," the press release notes.

There will be various new ways of getting notified of updates via the app. ESPN BottomLine will add ticker-style breaking news and score updates at the bottom of the screen. You can also set up Live Alerts and Reminders, letting your system remind you to follow games that you've tagged.

The update also places an emphasis on personalization, letting you choose favorite sports and teams for designation in a new feature called "My Sports." The ESPN app will provide a personalized daily feed of news and highlights based on your selections. The new "Mini Guide" will also provide quick access to "preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen."

Finally, Microsoft's darling camera peripheral Kinect can be used for voice control throughout the entire app.

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