Basketball season is less than a week away, and we're eager to see where the next season takes us, with so many trades and blockbuster teams ripe for a championship.  Microsoft is ready as well, as they have recently launched a free app for Xbox Live subscribers called NBA Game Time, which lets users catch up on live games, highlights and replays in stunning HD, amongst other features.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb broke down some of the features within the game, which are as follows…

Live Games, Highlights, and Replays in HD –You’ll have access to every live regular season game, available in HD. All the games are available in replay, so you can watch on your schedule. And, if you’re short on time altogether, watch the condensed game recap in less than 10 minutes, or just take in the quick highlights.

My Teams – Obsess over your favorite team and get up-to-the-minute stats on your favorite players. With NBA Game Time on Xbox 360, getting to the details is quick and easy. And to make sure you are in the know, add 4 other teams to follow.

Stats & Standings - Want to know what’s going on around the league? With Stats & Standings, find out which team is leading a conference or which players top the leaderboards in PPG, RPG, and more.

Scores & Schedules – NBA Game Time on Xbox 360 gives you quick access to the scores you want and the schedules you need – right on your big screen. Feel free to turn those scores off too – so you can catch up on your game a little late, without the spoilers.

Mini Guide – The mini-guide gives you a quick preview of all of today’s games right at the bottom of your screen, and makes it easier than ever to switch between games.

Split Screen – Watch two games at once, or watch a live game on one screen while you catch up with highlights or a replay on the other.

Voice and Gesture Control with Kinect for Xbox 360 — Focus on the court instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the games, skip to the next quarter, or play, pause, and rewind that buzzer beater…all with the sound of your voice or the wave of your hand.

You can download and check out the app now, and we definitely suggest doing so.