NEWS - Wednesday, May 1, 2002
Xbox Live InterviewsTwo new interviews have popped up on the net regarding Microsofts upcoming pay-per-Play online gaming service, Xbox Live. GamespyDaily spoke with Microsoft Xbox product manager David Huffordabout the online service and a brief intro to the Controller S. Heres a sneak peek:
GameSpy: Will gamers have to pay to use the Xbox Live service or will it be free? David: First, Xbox Live is a subscription service that allows all the service features to work across all Xbox Live games. Our approach is night and day from Sonys. Its a universe full of game communities playing sports, racing, action, RPG games, all under one roof. There will be one password to access all Xbox Live games so sticky notes dont pile up in the living room. There will be one customer service number to call with any issues. With Xbox Live, gamers dont have to spend upwards of $100 for an Ethernet adaptor or a hard drive to download new games. Instead, with Xbox, they get a great experience right out of the box. Youll need a compass and map to get around Sonys world. If youre playing a game from third party publisher X, you have to go to their server farm and sign up with their service. As we understand it, to get to another game from another publisher, youll have to exit the world youre in and go to their servers and duplicate the process again. Nothing appears to be interoperable in the PS2 world. Nothing sounds simple. Its every man for himself and best of luck to you. They said it themselves..."whatever happens, happens."Next up, Serenity from Teamxbox (wheres the link love??) spoke with Hufford also and basically covered the basic topics as the GamespyDaily interview with a few bonus topics. My question of course would be why neither of these interviews asked questions regarding sales of Xbox in Japan and Europe and how its going to affect the service there and the truth to the documents leaked from the developers kit that contained Microsofts plans and info on the service.