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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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RE: Sony not a compelete Noob
By AndreasM on 7/13/2006 12:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
Also microsoft loses money on every console so charging this little amount is not a big deal if you think about it.

Are you seriously claiming that we shouldn't mind paying a monthly fee because MS in their benevolence sells the X360 at a loss? I'm sorry, but that's Sony logic; next you'll be telling us how the PS3 is worth a lot more than $599 and that we should be glad that it only costs that much...

RE: Sony not a compelete Noob
By TomZ on 7/13/2006 1:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
The value of the service should be judged on its own merits. Whether the revenue Microsoft receives makes up for some of its loss on the console or not is irrelevant to end users.

Get a job
By ViperROhb34 on 7/13/2006 10:02:33 PM , Rating: 2

There's no way you'll convince me you're not some kid living with his parents or a total loser..

If you bought an Xbox 360 and 'can't afford' or just don't want to dish out the 'big money' for the Gold membership and a whopping 50, 60 dollars for a year.. then you're just plain Dumb..

Sony has already tried once with their online gaming with Ps2 and it obviously failed miserably .. I expect them to have a small sucess with PS3.. selling quite a few.. but considerably less units then PS3 .. most people don't have HD Tv.. and Bluray recorders will be 2 grand easy..

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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