XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

[[The announcement]]

Every year, during E3, one main subject steals the limelight. Last year it was console hardware and the marketing wizzards were out in full force to convince us which upcoming console would carry the best graphics or have the best features. This year the focus is on what is really important, content. The way things have worked out in the Console Wars, Microsoft is the one company which has to prove the most and in true Microsoft style they have come out with their guns blazing.

With the company already losing US$120 on every XBox sold, they announced a further US$2 billion commitment, which translates to a further US$40-50 per console in connection with online gaming.

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Microsoft previewed some of the 200 games that will be available worldwide this holiday season for the Xbox video game system. Showing its vision for the future of the industry, the company also detailed its plans for Xbox Live, the first online console gaming service fully dedicated to fast-action, always-connected broadband gaming experiences.
Microsoft said they initially expect 10 percent of XBox users to subscribe to the online service. Considering Microsoft expects o sell 3.5 million to 4 million Xbox units by June 30, it is not a small number.
This announcement of the online service was Microsoft's answer to Sony for beating them on the price cuts, since Sony first reduced the price of its PS2 to US$199 beating Microsoft, who also made the same reduction to the XBox, by two days.

[[XBox Live]]

The war between next generation console manufacturers has created one of the few tech markets which is showing steady growth. In the U.S. alone, sales of video game software and hardware topped $9 billion in 2001. The stakes are very high and the battle for content is on.
Microsoft announced that they will have 200 software titles available during the summer while 300 titles are under development. Most importantly, at least 50 of these titles are scheduled to be online games and be available by the end of 2003. So Microsoft is serious about online games but what will the service offer?

J Allard, general manager of the Xbox platform, detailed Microsoft's plans to lead the way in online gaming with Xbox Live. Leveraging the Xbox system's built-in hard drive and Ethernet port to facilitate online play right out of the box, Xbox Live is a game universe where gamers can find their friends easily; where they can talk to other players through the Xbox Communicator headset; where gamers can download new statistics, levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and where game players have fun together. The standard Xbox Live game features that work across all Xbox Live multiplayer games include the following:

Gamertag
Gamertag is a player's unique online ID for all games across the global gaming service.
Friends list
This feature allows gamers to find friends online and invite them to a game no matter which Xbox Live game they're playing.
Xbox Communicator
Voice communication is integrated with all Xbox Live multiplayer games, enabling voice interaction with teammates and opponent. Key elements of this feature exclusive to Xbox include voice-masking, global muting and parental control.
Matchmaking
QuickMatch is the ability to enter a multiplay experience with a single button click, and OptiMatch, an Xbox Live exclusive, helps players select games and opponents based on similar skill levels.
High-speed content downloads to the Xbox hard disk
Only Xbox offers console gamers the ability to download and permanently store both free and for-a-fee content, including new levels, characters, missions and statistics.

Online capabilities will change video games in more profound ways than 3-D technology has so far, Allard said. We built Xbox Live to allow game creators to focus purely on making the next great games. As the artists create, Xbox Live will do the heavy lifting where cross-game services, technology, customer service and billing are concerned.

Xbox Live launches in North America, Europe, and Japan this fall and begins its steady rollout this summer with a consumer beta program in North America. Allard said Xbox Live will support five Xbox Live exclusive games this year, including Unreal Championship (Infogrames) as well as MechAssault, Whacked!, NFL Fever 2003 and Midtown Madness 3 (Microsoft Games Studio). By the end of 2003, at least 50 Xbox Live-enabled games are scheduled to be available worldwide.

At launch, U.S. consumers can purchase a starter kit for $49.95. For the estimated retail price of a single game, the consumer receives a year's subscription to Xbox Live, an Xbox Communicator that plugs into the Xbox controller and facilitates all voice communication with other players, and ReVolt a fun, online racing game from Acclaim Entertainment. Pricing and specific offers in regions outside of North America will be announced locally at a later date.

As the grand finale to the Xbox Live unveiling, Allard announced a lineup of games in the works for the future of the service, including Star Wars Galaxies (LucasArts Entertainment), Counterstrike (Valve Software for Microsoft Games Studios), and future versions of Xbox original blockbusters such as Halo, RalliSport Challenge, Amped and Project Gotham Racing.

[[Game Details]]

It is almost certain that the mention of so many games has wet your appetite. Here is a brief description of some of those games as provided by Microsoft at E3.

The Online Selection

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
LucasArts Entertainment Company presents a deep, engaging story-/character-driven role-playing game (RPG) set long before the Galactic Empire. The era, unexplored in any previous Star Wars game, is dominated by an enduring conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. Developed in conjunction with BioWare Corp., the game will feature customizable male or female heroes and evolving playable characters, as well as dynamic lightsaber combat.

Brute Force (Microsoft Game Studios)
Brute Force is an action-packed sci-fi squad-based shooter that lets gamers experience the intensity of a shooter game with the cunning strategies of team-based tactical combat.

Panzer Dragoon ORTA (SEGA of America, Inc.)
The game empowers gamers to take command of a powerful dragon and experience intense aerial combat in the most visually breathtaking game on Xbox.

NFL Fever 2003
Microsoft Game Studios continues the award-winning football game series for Xbox. Easy to pick up and start playing, NFL Fever 2003 delivers all the action and excitement of the National Football League, allowing gamers to create, play and control their ultimate NFL team.

Unreal Championship (Infogrames)
The all time classic has been re-built from the ground up by Digital Extremes, part of the team responsible for Unreal and Unreal Tournament, Unreal Championship. The latest addition to the Unreal universe will provide console gamers with an adrenaline-packed, first-person action experience designed specifically for Xbox and the Xbox controller.

Two Special Games

After showcasing many of the 200 games that will be on the market by the end of the year, Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox game content at Microsoft, previewed two future Xbox games that demonstrate the ambition shown by Xbox game designers:

Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, Inc.)
Ninja Gaiden was announced as an Xbox exclusive game. Created by legendary game designer Tomonobu Itagaki and his team at Team Ninja in Japan, Ryu Hayabusa returns as the famous, deadly Ninja assassin in the new Ninja Gaiden, coming in the spring of 2003. This neo-classic adventure will feature extraordinary new worlds, deadly new weapons, Hollywood-style movies, and interactive 3-D environments, creating the most action-packed adventure of all time.

Project Ego (Microsoft Game Studios)
Project Ego is Peter Molyneux's ground-breaking, role-playing adventure game in which players' actions determine their skills, appearance and morality. Gamers can create their life story from childhood to death. They can grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world. Players can choose the path of righteousness or dedicate their lives to evil.

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XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

200 Titles for the Xbox by Christmas, that's an excellent pace I think anyone can agree. 1 year in production and the Xbox is going to have 200 titles, an online service and reems of hardware available for it. Can Sony boast the same? I think not. After 1 year of 'Phony' console rule, what'd they do? Product some games... only just over 100 where out in 1 year for Sony. And, count their cash.Xbox Live will be out in Aproximately September of 2002, the only service to offer voice chat over its servers. And to the dismay of many PS2 owners, the PS2 AND the Xbox will be getting Star Wars: Galaxies coming to them online. The reasons / excuses for buying a PS2 are dwindeling into non-existance, and it's their own fault.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Tagge: What is with your attitude? Do you work for microsoft or something? If you want more people to take your opinion seriously, you do not insult the opposition! Why not, I'll show you. I can mudsling too!AhemWhy would anyone take this article serously? We are talking about microsoft here, the guys who admitted in federal court that their windows code is so poorly written that disclosing it to competitors would 'threaten national security'! (read it here: [url removed] had about as much credibility as a convicted rapist! I would wait to see if any of these 'promises' hold true before declaring anything about the xbox's market superiority.

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tagge: sorry to pick on ya, but i got a point to prove:more fun microsoft facts!Here's a gem from the microsoft legal department! : [url removed] intentionally punishes their own corporate allies when those allies support linux!: [url removed] have many more, but you should get the point by now. In your future posts, you should try to keep the bias out of the post. Try working from facts and not opinions. Remember, anyone can mudsling, and when it comes to Microsoft, it's not hard to find ammo!

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Wow, two people that aren't even forthcoming enough to put their nicknames OR an e-mail on their posts are bashing me. Ouch! *insert sarcasm*Can anyone see the parody between what's going on here? I mean, you're comparing MS in relation to the PC, to their pratices with the console market. If you're in that mind set allow me to shove a Sony 'blunder' in your face, from this site no less (despite the regard I hold this site in which isn't much),[url removed] you want to look at things from a purely pratice stand point, Sony is about as 'thoughtful' as the RIAA. They knew their CD protection software wouldn't work on a lot of home / car sterios, wouldn't work on PCs or MACs at all, and for the all mighty buck, they said 'so what?'.I stand true to my 'opinions' and back them up with fact. The fact is Sony HAS indeed had an entire year to 'take over' the Console market and they're losing ground to the GC and XBox now. Why? Because they didn't take any initiative besides the standard console fray releasing some games. They didn't even have their first million seller until 1 year after the PS2 was released, it to the Xbox slightly less than 6 mnths to get 2 Million sellers. The PS2 has just over 100 games released for it in 1 year. the Xbox has 70 currrently and is going to have 200 (pending any possible delays) by Christmas, aka 1 year after release.The facts are right there in white text on a black background for all to see.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

tagge: I have also noted your biased attitude when posting your comments. The anonymous post below is quite correct in that regard, although I think the post went a little too far. What we are trying to tell you is that your argument will have more weight if you do not insult the target of your argument. Also, it would help to have correct information before you defame a company for something they have done.For instance, Microsoft would have also been guilty of releasing a copy protection device that they knew would have caused problems with currently used media. Here's a letter to the Senate Commerse Commitee from a group opposed to the bill which microsoft was supporting, a bill which would have made such protection devices a requirement : [url removed] should be careful of what you put forward as 'fact'.

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one more thing tagge. I have also noted that you tend to portray Sony as a money-hungry company. While this assessment is not entirely false, it is only fair to point out that Microsoft's greed tactics are almost legendary. In fact, they landed Microsoft in federal court.When considering the degree of greed between Microsoft and Sony, I put forward that Microsoft's greed is the greater of the two. Don't believe me? Hunt around some tech news sites and count the number of articles you find related to Microsoft's business practices.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

MJ,I never claimed to be an unbaised individual in regards to anything in the gaming market. As a matter of fact I don't believe in the term unbiased, there is no such state of mind. Everyone has their own opinion on a subject and that opinion inherently taints their view. Which leads into my general distrust of commerical media sources, but we won't get into that.Anyone whom even tries to claim they're impartial on a topic like this where they most likely have money invested into a company. They're just duplicitous. MJ, I consider you no different, nor do I either of our anonymous users.This is a place for people to 'voice their opinions' not 'state their unbiased discourse'. And, that's what I'm doing. You can't knock someone for using the 'comments' board in its intended form. Go play your 'More Rightious Than Thee' routine on someone else.

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Oh,And getting back on topic, allow me to remind everyone of a few facts. Sony, is infact a larger company in Microsoft in terms of diversity, though they don't make as much revenue as Microsoft. Neither company is 'clean' or better than the other in their pratices.Everyone perceives Microsoft as the 'evil Empire' of the PC world. Well, if that's the case Sony is definatley the 'evil Empire' of the Entertainment Industry. Just like Microsoft has their foot in every facet of the PC market, Sony has their tendrils in every aspect of the Entertainment market. They make TVs, VRCS, DVD players, PC Games, Movies, Gaming Consoles (Duh), and much more.When people think of Japan, they think Sony. And why has Sony gotten so much success? They produce adquate products at cheaper prices than their competition in most cases. How do they do this? They've done it on the backs of slave labour. Why do you think they've got most of their production plants in 3rd world Countries? They like the atmosphere? No, cheap labour.[url removed] you put so much support in faith in a company like Sony, perhaps you should look at their pratices.The reasoning behind Sony's blaring success in the Console market is a simple blunder on the part of Nintendo at the time when this was a 2 man race (N64 & PS), but don't let me say it, I think these folks explain it best:[url removed]

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Time to put my word in to this. those of you who are bagging Tagge and the XBOX then i have three words to say to you: GET A LIFE!!! finally Microsoft is proving its liability and the XBOX is finally rolling out more big, smashing games, and you guys have nothing to say apart from bagging its pants off with no real direction. please, when a console has good games what more could you want from it? graphics don't affect gameplay, perhaps frame-rate do and consifering the fact that humans could only see a little over eighty and that the MAX in the XBOX is 60 don't you think its good enough fun-wise? for those of you who is alllwwwwayyyys saying that we "work for MS" or something should consider that we could just say the same about you. do you work for a rival company? as far as the XBOX is "finally reaching the stage of PC" goes, don't you think that consoles reached the stage of PC when the Sega Saturn first introduced the CD-ROM format? please don't get the XBOX. it is proving itself more and more every time this site gets updated and great and even better games have either already arrived or are just around the corner. what more would you want?P.S. Go TAGGE!!!

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Let's face facts here. The Xbox is an huge liability to Microsoft. Unless there is a huge turnaround for Microsoft, then they'll have no choice but to drop the system and begin to develop a newer one. Sure these new games will help the system, but how many of these same games will be released on a gamecube, and a ps2 - probably a great deal in fact. If you alreadly own the two later system, then these games will serve no incentive towards buying a xbox. And don't bash a ps2 since its lacking in hardware. Remember, its 2 years old compared to the competetion and it still doesnt look as bad in comparison. Its also good to remember that a console releases its best games in the last years so the games coming out in the future on ps2 should look even better. As for Tagge's argument that Sony dominates the Entertainment Industry is foolish. If you look into the average home, do you see Sony printed on every piece of technology - no. In fact, the entertainment industry is full has so many different companies producing similar products. Sony is simply has a diverse range of products under its belt. But on the other hand, what percentage of average home computer users have a MS operating system.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

I got an Xbox, but my 56K can't play Halo online, I wish in future Microsoft would provide us with fast connections if we subscribe to Xbox Live, else I gotta pay for broadband and Xbox Live, I think Microsoft can afford giving us good connections like cable/DSL/ADSL, after all, Billy boy is a rich dude.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

snake is no longer a mascot for the ps2,its coming to the x-box...and you may not like plumbers, and pokemons,and foxes..and the zeldas...but nintendo is the only console with successful mascot and exclusive titles......that everyone knows about. and that is the marketing strategy of any console company.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Sloose,All I've got to say is you're approperiately named, or close to it. The Xbox is not a huge liability to anyone, the company just invested another 2 Billion US in the console and its forth-comming online strategy, which simply blows away the competition or their level of comittment.What has Sony done w/ the PS2? They're leaving it up to developers to make the online software, and servers for their games. Microsoft is handle all the 'difficult' aspects of Online play with their console, allowing the game designers to focus on game play rather than network administration. Sony really is / has dropped the ball.As far as your comment on content upcomming on the systems, I think by far Mircosoft has many more titles coming out currently that the Nintendo or Sony for their consoles. 200 Games by Christmas, the PS2 barely had over 100 games after its first year in the market. At the inception the Xbox it had 200 developers all signed up and developing games for the console, that number has only likely grown.Oh, and lets deal with your last comment. The PS2 has no decernable difference in 'eye candy' when compared to the Xbox and/or GC? That's an amusing statement. Why do you think most of these developers for PC games are coming out as Xbox and PC games, occassionally GC as well? The main reason you get is the fact that the PS2 just can't handle graphics quality they want to portray, and has some serious issues with keeping a good constant frame rate (it constatly drops to 30-40 FPS in intense graphical situations). (Cont.)

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Now, we'll get into the really interesting stuff. You say there are tons of companies as 'diverse' in their market as Sony? Name one other company that produces games, movies, tvs, vcrs, dvds, sterios, radios, & PCs? I can't think of one company that does all that. Sony is what I like to call a 'quiet' dominating force in their markets. They muscle out their competition just as badly as Microsoft, only in a suttle fashion.Sony uses cheap / slave labour provided in 3rd World & Communist countries to mass produce its products at cheaper costs than the competition, and then uses that cheaper cost in some cases to drop prices and beat out the competition, in others it simply rakes in the profits from such explotiations. Sony is simply a lot more 'cloak and dagger' in the way they go about their dirty business. I'll take a company that's not afraid to stand up to its critics and fire back rather than one that quietly hides in the shadows lying in wait for slip ups by the competition.Continuing on, I find your last statement very amusing. Sony infact doesn't have a great many 'mascots' in its cache of games. Most games that are produced for the PS2 come out on another console or a PC. For example Solid Snake is now an Xbox feature character now too, so kill one 'mascot'. Devil May Cry (Dante) in their next instillation are releasing GC & Xbox renditions of the game. Crash? Nope, he's all Xbox now matter of fact. Matter of fact the only real PS2 mascots I can think of are possibly now are Jak & Daxter, so yeah you go enjoy your wierd looking spikey hair Mario-wannabie and his squirel friend. I played the game, personally didn't find it enjoyable in the least.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Geez, what is it with people bagging Tagge. What he is saying is either true or a direct come back to the d**kheads who doesn't know what they're talking about. i truly enjoy reading these "posts" but come on. if you don't know what you're talking about and are just going to bagg the living crap out of the "educated" people then piss off. for one thing, when tagge said that Sony has its nose in every electronic industry, its true. they may not be in every living room but so isn't MS. XBOX Live is proving that MS is going to fight hard to establish an excellent gaming experience and with the amount of money at their exposal, don't u think this would be better for the gamers (people like tagge and I) in the long run?

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Ok Tagge you make alot of good arguments, but you have to admit that Xbox is on shaky ground. I mean a price drop of $100 is the act of desperation. Hell, I want to buy an Xbox, sure it has games I want to play, but I am uncertain of its future. Of Microsofts planned 200 games by Christmas, 2/3 of that will be third party titles. As a game developer, what system would you like to release your game on, a system that has sold 30 million units or only 4 million. Sure MS had invested millions on the system but has it even turned a profit. Will it ever with sony and nintendo looming over it. Sure, in all aspects xbox is a superior machine - its powerful, its easy to program, harddrive, etc. But PS2 has had the benefit of being released early, with an already successful system behind it.And forgive me, I didn't know that those characters were also on other systems.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Sloose,Before I get into things here I'd like to thank you. You're one of the 'first' people on here whom I've debated w/ that hasn't just outright tried to dispute the facts. Or gotten frustrated with having a serious challenge to their point of view / perferences and not ended up 'going off the deep end'. So, kudos anyway for being civil and/or level headed.But anyway, I digress, onto the facts. Firstly the price drop for the Xbox is just what this industry needed. And despite evidence / the time line indicating otherwise the price drop of their console was indeed firstly Microsoft's idea. I don't think anyone would deny that if it wasn't for MS currently we'd be paying $199 for the GC, & $299 for the Xbox and PS2.This really has been a disappointing console war up until now. The whole point of a competition is to try and have better prices, uses, and abilities inherent in your products, and beat out your competition in those areas.Now, let's get on to the most interesting point of your post Sloose. Microsoft is infact doing in house developement for 30% of its games. That is infact a great deal less than Nintendo whom does somewhere in the range of 40% to 50% of its development. However Sony really drops the ball in this case, as the link I sited in my previous posts to the Nintendo gamer site, the vast majority (somewhere int he range of 90%) of PS2 software is 3rd party. Most of those titles are non-exclusive to the PS2, comparable to the inhouse Microsoft developement for the Xbox which is ither Xbox exclusive or has a PC counter-part coming out later down the road. (Cont)

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Continuing, you mentioned game developers and the fact that the Xbox has only sold 4 Million units compared to the PS2's 30Million. Well the fact of the matter is that Microsoft was smart about their console release. Before they ever designed the console they went around to major developers, and gamers and asked what they wanted to see in a console. Because of this fact, and their shameless promotion of their consoles hardware at the release date of the XBox there where 200 Game developers signed up and developing content for the Xbox. Since it's release a number of developers have signed up as well.Including 20+ whom have signed up for the Xbox Live developement, comparable to 9 that have signed up for PS2 online development. Why you ask? Because again Sony dropped the ball in the online market. They've left it upto the game design firms to house their own servers for thier games, and handle said administration of the servers. On the other hand Microsoft has centralized servers for their gaming network with military-grade security, which takes away the expense and time of setting up the network from the design companies, allowing them to focus on the real aspect, gaming content / play.And as your last fact, about the uncertainty of Microsofts commitment to the gaming world. Where have you been hiding exactly? Microsoft is notorious for their patients in developing and supporting their own products with a varacious attuide. Excellent example of that is their Interactive TV program which has been around since 1995, they've been dumping money into that market by the truck load, with little or no return, yet. Due to the realitve failure and / or slow down in the acceptance of Interactive TV more than anything. In a proven market such as Console Gaming, Microsoft has commited over $2 Billion dollars in new funding as of E3 to be invested into the Xbox console and the market. It's been said time and time again, but let me repeat it, the Console market is a Marat

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

** Cursid thing cut me off... here's the continuation****It's been said time and time again, but let me repeat it, the Console market is a Marathon, not a sprint. You've got to be in the market for the 'long run' rather than the here and now. That's exactly what MS is doing, building a fan base, developer base, and infastructure that'll be around long after the Xbox is gone and we're playing games on the XBox 2 (or whatever they'll call it).In my opinion there is but one reason that so far the Xbox hasn't been a pure success for Microsoft, and that's their trade mark name. People blindly hate Microsoft for their activities in the PC market (which that hate is largely unfounded), and they're carrying it over to the Console MArket. Rather than looking at the future of gaming and what is to come, combine with what company will likely be the most dedicated to its fan base. People see 'Microsoft' and hate it for a name. Close minded thinking like that is what's going to cost the world a lot more than what it's costing Microsoft currently.

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Lastly, I'd like to say thanks to Hitman here. I appreicate the vote of confidence and conference. It's been far too few and between for people around here to actually defend 'me' I'm usually left to fend for myself as my views are sometimes unpopular even when truthful.Some individuals just refuse to accept the facts and perfer to make up their own truths based on opinion. Anyway, my appreication is yours.

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I greatly agree with tagge i own an xbox and it is an awesome machinealot of people keep talking about MS lossing money they need to reconsider the fact that this is microsoft here what their lossing is like chump change to them i strongly beleive that MS is in this for the long run, just like sony did a while back they are seeing a great marketing oppurtunity and they are not going to let us gamers down.and another thing the xbox going online is the next generation in gaming gc and ps2 are trying to get in on it but MS is doing alot better, i dont see how them going online is a step into changing the xbox into a pc that is a stupid idea besides that you have to admit that as far as gaming goes pcs are the best so what is wrong with the xbox being a pc in consoles clothing where do you know how to get a 733 mhz pIII comp with a geforce 3 and an 8 gig hard disk, dvd etc. for $200 just the geforce 3 alone costs $300 dollars

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i forgot to add my name to the last statementxbox has had some bumps but that is to be expected after all this is their first system, but now that they are going online with it everyone will finally get to see how awesome the xbox really is and we all will know this when xbox 2 comes out by then many many more people will be xbox fans and customers and we will see who wins this console war

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Well I can't judge if the xbox will be successful because it's still to early in xbox's shelf life. But if xbox sales don't show a significant increase by christmas (even with the 200 proposed games)then I can see the xbox trailing far back in the console war. Sure xbox is a console designed for the developer but if I were a game developer, I would bite my lip and make a game for the ps2 because thats where the money is.As for online capabilities, personally, I don't really see it taking off until around next year. By then ps2 should have solid plans for its online strategies. But thats just me.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

Sloose,I'm afraid yet again I must bring down the hammer on you on a couple of points. I applogize.Firstly, as you said the Xbox and the GC are still very early on in their shelf life, which means nobody can count any of the 'big 3' out by any stretch of the imagination. As far as sales go, the Xbox has reached it's key demographics with the launch, North America where the console has led sales, and 18-35 year old males. The online strategy that Microsoft has for the Xbox has me chomping at the bit, and I'm sure the prospect of voice chat and online gaming will only further entice people to buy their product. Comparable to Sony's weak display of their online gaming strategy, and Nintendo's statements that they're not really even putting any significant funding / backing behind Online play, the Xbox is by far the clear winner in that catagory. Now, you've got to ask yourself, what does the average gamer always want besides a good game? Good, solid online gameplay.And lastly, allow me to run down Sony's 'master plan' for online gaming. They're basically just going to support it. They're leaving it up to the software makers to create software, servers, and services to play the games online w/ the PS2. And what do you think this'll mean for billing? I somehow doubt you'll be able to pay $49.95 and get 1 year, they'll be added costs in ever turn. Plus the complete lack of a standard harddrive in the PS2 makes me wonder just 'how' they're going to accomplish online play save using something reminscent of a boot disc to install the software in the PS2's RAM (which is only 32Mb) & go for there? That'll only diminsh the amount of system resources free for actual gaming. So, to all you PS2 owners out there, go, enjoy your 3rd party, multi-platform non-exclusives, plus Jak & Daxter. Leave the online play to those of us with a machine capable of producing the nessicary performance capabilities.You want to talk about orginal content? Think how much orginal cont

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Oh, and before I forget, I must alas correct myself. Yes, I do occasionally mis-quote the odd fact. In this case, I stated that there where 20+ Developers signed up for developement of titles for Xbox Live. However, I was wrong, upon further inquiry I discovered there are actually 60+ developers that've signed up to develope for Live since it's announcement at E3. The fact I misconstrewed was that since E3 20 of those developers that signed up for Live developement where signing up also as new Xbox developers in general. This of course comparable to Sony's might impressive 9 developers that've signed up to support their online plans. This strategy / infastructure Microsft has setup, is getting the developers excited, and myself.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

MICROSOFT AND BILL ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT...WELL THEY SHOULD BE THERE LOSING MONEY ON EACH UNIT THEY SELL.. AND BILL DOES NOT LIKE TO LOSE. ONLINE PLAY IS THE FUTURE AND IT LOOKS LIKE MICROSOFT HAS A FOOT UP ON THE REST OF THE COMPETITION,HOWEVER ONLINE GAMING FOR CONSOLES IS IN ITS INFANCY UNLIKE THE PC GAMING REALM. IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST TWO YEARS BEFORE YOU SEE REAL PROGRESS IN THAT AREA..AT LEAST INTERESTED COMSUMERS IN ONLINE PLAY AT THE NUMBERS THEY WANT TO ACHIEVE. RIGHT NOW, IF YOU WANT TO GO ONLINE AND PLAY GAMES THE PC IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO.....

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

ive been reading about xbox live and it looks awesomeit looks like it will be the best online gaming that anyone can findright now very few games offer support for in game voice chattingbut xbox will fully support it for everygameim so excited about xbox live i cant waittelling my freind to "go in from the left" and telling that dumbass newb to "get the f**k down", imagine the strategys involved, if you need help fast you just say "hey i need some help quick they're coming in on this side" i mean imagine the possibilities and fun involvedGO XBOX GO!!!!!!!!!!

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

it is finally nice to see someone intelligent dissicussing the console war. Tagge keep up the nice work. Hopefully your intelect can convince most people why they should see past all the naviety surrounding the xbox, and realise that it is taking the steps to put itself ahead in the console war. What people should realise that if microsoft wanted to they could turn this into a gulf-war bashing. They have 40 billion dollars of liquid cash, the most of any non-credit company in the U.S and the second most in the world. So i really dont see how they would be worried about the xbox being a liability for them. Its not a matter of if xbox wins the console war, its a matter of when.

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

BUCKEYE, LOL, YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. YOU A REALLY THINK MICROSOFT WILL KEEP THROWING MONEY AT A LOSING CAUSE? GET REAL. IF THE X-BOX CONTINUES TO LOSE MONEY, YOU REALLY THINK THE COMPANY WILL CONTINUE TO THROW GOOD MONEY TO THE BAD? CONSUMERS DO NOT GIVE A RATS ASS IF MICROSOFT HAD 1 TRILLION DOLLARS IN LIQUID ASSETS. MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT MICROSOFT ARE A PREDATORY TYPE COMPANY AND WILL NOT PURCHASE PRODUCTS MADE BY THEM. AS FOR WINNING THE CONSOLE WAR, SONY IS IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL WITH THE LARGEST USER BASE. AND NINTENDO WITH IT'S LOYAL DIE HARD FANS. PC PORTS WON'T CUT IT FOR THE X-BOX. I CAN PLAY GHOST RECON AND MORROWIND ON MY PC IN 1600+ RESOLUTION ON MY 21 INCH FLAT SCREEN...OR USE MY VIDEO OUT TO PUT IT ON MY 36 INCH WEGA SONY FLAT SCREEN. IF X-BOX WANTS TO WIN THIS WAR, IT WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND NEW....

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

As usual DRDEATH is such a smart c**t.... hes rite.... PC games play better on PC... especially shooters witht the WASD and Mouse combo make any PC conversion better den a Console.... look at GTA3.... it was 100 times better on PC due 2 better res settings plus WASD!As for X Box aint a PC.... it is... thats all i want 2 say!HAHA suck shit MS losin so much money.... looks like good ol Bill is slippin his grip from Americas most loaded... and also US Courts wanna cut his monopoly in half..... BUHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

XBox Live and 200 Games Announced

ok, first of all GAMECUBE is for little 5th graders, wtf were you think'n when you bought pikmin you stupid Sh*t? PS2 look's like max headroom designed it, and has Sh*t games and graphics. i hate it when stupid mother F*ck*rs cmon to boards to dis the superior, your gaystation2 and gaycube have been out-dated with there atari graphics. Dr.Death, i hope someday someone comes along and knocks some F*cki*g sence ito your Bitch-ass.Xbox is the king, so stfu you stupid Sh*t's (PS: and Xbox S*it's all over gaycube)

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