Xbox introduces SportsPicks app, new SmartGlass experience for ESPN, NBA

For sports fans, the Xbox was once just a device for scoring touchdowns on Madden or making birdies with Tiger Woods.

But as Microsoft continues to turn the Xbox into an entertainment hub, its sports content is following a similar path. We already wrote about Xbox’s new ESPN and NBA apps, and today Microsoft debuted a new app called SportsPicks that allows you to pick winners and compete with fellow Xbox Live users.

I played around with SportsPicks this morning and the concept is simple. You can scroll through the latest college football, NBA and UFC events and pick who you think will win. Your results are matched against a leaderboard, so you can see which of your friends has the best sports pick’em skills.

You can even Tweet out your choices here, like I did for my beloved Huskies (For some reason, only 18 percent picked the UW for Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl)

Xbox also introduced all-new SmartGlass experiences for the ESPN and NBA Game Time apps. SmartGlass lets you use your iOS, Android or Windows smartphone or tablet as a remote for the Xbox and now you can browse through live events and highlights and send them to your Xbox easily with SmartGlass.

Previously on GeekWire: Live ESPN programming now available with Xbox WatchESPN app (Video)