Just as we suspected back in January, Microsoft has announced an exclusive partnership with ESPN to bring live and on-demand sports coverage to Xbox Live. On hand to reveal the news were ESPN personalities Josh Elliott and Trey Wingo.
The ESPN service will offer 3,500 live events in addition to on-demand content from college football and basketball, MLB, NBA, and soccer games; though there was no direct mention of the NFL and NHL. These streaming games will also offer some DVR functionality too as Elliot and Wingo demonstrated replay modes using voice control through Kinect.
Also enhancing the ESPN experience will be live trivia, polls, and clips from ESPN shows like SportsCenter. Best of all, ESPN on Xbox Live will be available for free to all current Gold members.