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Shadow20002
09-18-2003, 02:56 PM
Microsoft has been talking up the prospects for its Xbox online gaming service in Europe.

At a media event in Nice, France, Microsoft said that 50,000 people had signed up to its Xbox Live gaming service since its launch in eight European countries six months ago.

It also announced plans to extend the service to six more European countries by the end of October and offer free trials to try to tempt gamers.

"Xbox Live is the killer application not just in gaming but for broadband," said Michel Cassius, a senior Xbox figure.

Smashing myths

Microsoft is keen to promote its dedicated online gaming service, seeing it as a key way to get more people to buy its Xbox console.

It is planning a major marketing campaign based around the idea of video games as social experience.

Source@ (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3115542.stm)