Baseball fans know the season officially kicked off on Tuesday, with Ichiro Suzuki and the Mariners dispatching the equally lowly Oakland A’s in extra innings in Suzuki’s native Japan. Man, Ichiro really deserves a World Series ring. I feel bad for him, wasting away on a talentless Mariners team for so long.
Exclusive to MLB.TV on the 360 is ability to watch two games at once (or one game and one recap, or two recaps) in split-screen. Each screen can be controlled independently if you need to pause or rewind a certain bit on one of them. Exclusive to the Kinect is the ability to control your content with gestures and voice commands, which works fairly well and could be useful if you’re trying to watch games while doing something else that occupies your hands, or if your hands are covered in jam and you don’t want to get sticky, smashed strawberries on your controller. Of course, I did run into the issue of the Kinect, vain as it is, thinking we were talking about it in conversation and doing things we didn’t want it to do. I suppose you can always spell out trigger words around it, as you would to protect a small child from obscenity.
The addition of MLB.TV on the Xbox 360 is a logical one, given the country’s predilection for baseball and Microsoft’s aim to make the console a media hub. Though I wasn’t blown away by the Kinect integration, the split-screen functionality is a pretty cool addition to the 360 version of MLB.TV, while the service as a whole is a great choice for baseball fans either without cable or not in their favorite team’s home market.
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