On June 8, 2011, Xbox.com will be enabled for IPv6, the next generation of the Internet protocol, announced Microsoft. This is part of an industry-wide effort called World IPv6 Day. Bing, Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other major Internet companies are providing IPv6 access for this one-day test.
"Users with IPv6 Internet access will automatically use this new method of connectivity when exploring Xbox.com after June 8. Users without IPv6 connectivity will continue to connect via IPv4. IPv6 provides for a basically identical experience compared to IPv4, so no matter how you connect, Xbox.com will remain unchanged," informs Microsoft.
This test is limited to Xbox.com, and will not affect Xbox LIVE for Xbox 360.
"The entire Internet is gradually shifting to IPv6, representing a foundational shift in every Internet experience. Microsoft and the Xbox team are taking this transition very seriously, and this test is one of many investments to ensure there is no interruption of service for our users as IPv6 is widely deployed," the company added.
[Source: Xbox Press]