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August 26, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Split screen, personalization among features added to ESPN on Xbox Live

Microsoft announced an update to its ESPN on Xbox Live service this week, including the addition of split-screen and enhanced personalization features.

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Among the features being added:

  • A split screen to watch more than one game at a time. Each screen can also be controlled independently — pausing and rewinding each separately, for instance.
  • The ability to designate favorite sports and teams, enabling viewers to jump directly into their favorite games and content, and to get personalized daily feeds of news and highlights.
  • A mini guide at the bottom of the screen with previews and quick access to different sports content .
  • Being able to navigate by voice using Voice Control with Kinect.
  • A live college football scoreboard.

The additions to its ESPN on Xbox Live features are among the steps Microsoft is taking in making its Xbox not just a video-game console but also an entertainment hub for the living room.

(Photo of split screen feature on ESPN on Xbox Live from Microsoft)

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