At CES, Microsoft announced the spring release of Xbox LIVE Game Room, an old-school virtual arcade where gamers can battle it out playing 30 classics.
Microsoft announced the spring release of Xbox LIVE Game Room, a virtual arcade where gamers will battle it out playing 30 arcade classics such as Centipede and Asteroids Deluxe. Game Room is just one piece in what Aaron Greenberg calls “the biggest year in Xbox history. This year also includes 10th anniversary of Xbox console, major game releases virtually every month (including next installment of Halo), and a number of improvements on Xbox LIVE, Greenberg said.” Game Room’ll be available for free download to Xbox LIVE or a PC, and once installed, players – or rather, their avatars – can wander a customizable, old-school arcade with colorful game cabinets from game makers Atari, Intellivision, Konami and others. After launching Game Room, Xbox'll release new game titles weekly, all of which players can demo free of charge and purchase individually. To download games, users purchase Microsoft Points – the virtual quarters of the Xbox LIVE marketplace. The points’re credited to a user’s account, and the player can then purchase items or games from the marketplace.