07-10-2002, 02:38 PM
A Newcomer's Guide to Xbox Live

This Fall, that mysterious little port on the back of your Xbox console will become the key to the fast and furious world of online gaming—a groundbreaking step for consoles.

But we know that you don't care if it's groundbreaking and that you don't want to hear about the technology behind it.

(We're going to tell you later anyway. But it might make your brain hurt.) Right now, all you want is what you have to do to get it, when it's going to happen, and how it's going to change the gaming world forever.

What is Xbox Live?

Xbox Live is an online gaming service that lets you play multiplayer Xbox games on the Internet via broadband. (something like cable or DSL – dial-up isn't fast enough.) That's gaming service. Gaming. Got that? We're not here to get you shopping auction sites, checking news headlines, or emailing your dear old granny. What you can do is play great games with people everywhere. It's like having a couch of friends ready to get their game on. You can chat with them while you play, no matter where they live. You can download new levels and items to keep everything fresh. It's all about the games.

How do I get it?

You gotta have high speed, or broadband, Internet service. That's number one. If you don't have it, get it. (You don't want to be the last on the block with dial-up – that's just embarrassing.) You're also going to have to connect your cable or DSL modem to your Xbox. So you'll need an Ethernet cable for sure, and maybe some other hardware depending on how fancy you want to get with your home networking. Finally, you'll need a subscription (the introductory package is a steal!) to Xbox Live, and an Xbox game that is online-enabled.

How long do I have to wait for it?

The service will officially launch this fall, but there is a chance that you can get in on the Beta program. You can try out the service and games in their pre-release form, plus tell all your friends that you were one of the first people in the world to play on Xbox Live! (It's sort of like being an Army Ranger, or a Navy SEAL. Except you don't have to shave your head and get shot at.) There are two ways to get involved in the Beta program: Sign up on Xbox.com (your account is up-to-date, right?) You should realize that signing up doesn't mean you're guaranteed to be in the program. Not everyone will be selected, but you gotta be in it to get it!

07-10-2002, 03:47 PM
Why wait?

PC gaming owz all.

07-11-2002, 03:33 PM
hell yea consoles have nothin on top end pc's, plus i can own with a keyboard and mouse

07-11-2002, 05:59 PM
Yah..Keyboard and mouse ownz all.

07-11-2002, 06:59 PM
or you can join the rest of the xboxing world and get online NOW...

07-13-2002, 03:25 AM

07-13-2002, 04:51 AM
Fuck x-box. Unless it has gta 3 or GT 3 in a online way. Fuck it..pc ownz.