Microsoft preps Xbox download service

by admin November 15, 2005 at 2:23 pm

Games, videos and online money system to be ready for 360 launch

Microsoft is to unveil a new Xbox service that will allow users to download music videos and games, according to a report in the Financial Times.

Xbox Live Marketplace will launch with 400 downloads on 22 November, although none of the initial games is expected to be a big-selling title. Those listed so far include Bejeweled and Zuma, as well as backgammon and card games.

Microsoft claimed that the online store could be used to sell full console games but that leading publishers have not yet decided to take up this option.

The software giant will also launch its own e-money system, known as Microsoft Points. Cards will be sold for ?Ǭ£13 containing 1,600 points which can be used online to pay for games ranging from 150 to 800 points.

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