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X-Box Live Nears 1,000,000 Gamers
By: MarkJ - 09 January, 2004 (9:12 AM)

Microsoft expects the online broadband multiplayer service for its X-Box games console, X-Box Live, to reach over 1,000,000 gamers by mid-2004 (June):

The software giant is competing with the undisputed market leader, Sony PlayStation 2, for the hearts and wallets of gamers.

It is trying to take the lead in online gaming by offering a subscription-based service in comparison to Sony which is taking a more hands-off approach.

Microsoft says it has an advantage over Sony as Xbox Live uses a central broadband server for its subscribers.

Apparently the 'Live' service recorded roughly one million gaming sessions a day over the Christmas period (doesn’t that mean they have 1m users already? Confusing), which compares with a non-holiday average of 1.5 million per week. More @ BBC News Online.

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