Xbox Live Comes Online: Microsoft

Xbox Live Comes Online: Microsoft has unveiled its “Xbox Live” broadband game service for its Xbox game console. “There is a big difference between the attitudes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft is making a big bet that the future of console online gaming is now. They have built-in online support and are spending a great deal of money building a proprietary online service. On the other hand, Sony and Nintendo seem to be of the attitude that, in the short term, online gaming will be something for the hard-core. Their current systems require separate add-ons to play online games. Even more telling, neither Sony nor Nintendo will launch their own proprietary online game service in the short term.”