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From 10% with XBOX to 60% with XBOX 360

According to Gamasutra, Microsoft's XBOX Live service has quite the following nowadays. While Sony has been talking up its online service for some time now, Microsoft is actually expanding and refining its service. According to the latest statistics, 60% of XBOX 360 users are using XBOX Live. That is a dramatic increase from the 10% attach rate with the original XBOX console. Of the 60% that are on XBOX Live, 75% use the XBOX Live Marketplace where over 30 million downloads have taken place. 65% of connected users visit the XBOX Live Arcade where more than 5 million games have been downloaded. Gamasutra reports:

XBOX Live has hosted over two billion hours of gaming, including over 500 million games of Halo 2. It also handles over 900,000 voice and text messages per day. But there’s plenty more where that came from, with Microsoft on-track to hit its target of six million XBOX Live accounts in 2007.

The future also looks bright for XBOX Live as Microsoft is looking to fuse its XBOX 360 console gaming experience with users on both PCs and mobile devices with the Live Anywhere initiative. According to Gamasutra, the first titles to take advantage of Live Anywhere will be the PC version of Halo 2 for Vista and Shadowrun.

Sony has its work cut out for it in creating an online infrastructure for its PlayStation 3 users. Microsoft has a few years under its belt with XBOX Live and is banking on its success. Sony has to look at Microsoft's success and missteps with XBOX Live to ensure that it has a stellar community for gamers. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will also be making classic games such as Pac-Man and Frogger available for download on XBOX Live Arcade.

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Good service
By PitbulI on 7/13/2006 12:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have owned both the XBox and the XBox 360. I had never went onto Live even with those free two month cards I always got with a game until I got the 360. Then again, I'm now just on the Silver membership which is free. But, once I get some more games, I don't mind spending a little bit of money on playing online. I also feel that Microsoft will cut the price of live when the PS3 comes out and that's probably when I'll get the Gold membership.

I have no problem with Sony except I found the PS2 graphics pale in comparison to the XBox although the PS2 does have Tekken and good wrestling games. I almost picked up a PS2 a few months ago but didn't. As for the PS3, it's too pricey for what they claim it will do. I'll wait to see how the launch goes and what the games are like. If it's a totally different world than the XBox 360, then I might try to get one, if not then the XBox 360 is what I'm sticking with.

Oh, back to the Live service, I like that I can download demos and free stuff. I also like that when I want to, I'll be able to get some retro games and such from Arcade. Hopefully one day they'll make a deal with Nintendo so they can have the Mario games on XBox Live Arcade but I doubt that will ever happen.

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