From the press release:
Since Xbox Liveâ„¢ launched nearly two years ago, the service has brought together nearly one million members in five regions and 24 countries to communicate over the world’s first truly global online console gaming service. When Xbox Live reaches one million members, it will have done so in one third the amount of time as it took AOL, Netflix and TiVo to reach the same number.
This summer is going to be a scorcher with the addition of three new features and highly anticipated hits from distinguished third party publishers. With this unrivaled line-up, we plan to deliver on our promise of taking the online gaming experience to an unprecedented level.
MSN Messenger Integration
Now there is a greater incentive to sign up on MSN Messenger. Xbox Live members in the United States will see a new Xbox tab along side tabs for shopping, games, news, travel, etc. They’ll find links to Xbox.com content on the latest games, downloads, articles, interviews, tournaments, and events â€” all updated weekly.
In addition, if you hit the My Xbox Live tab up top â€” and you’re Gamertag linked â€” you’ll be able to see your Friends List along with links to My Live exclusive content.
Xbox Live Alerts
When Xbox Live members in the United States and Canada sign up for Xbox Live Alerts, they will be notified when their friends sign on to Xbox Live and when they get a friend request or game invite. Xbox Live will even let them know when new downloads are available and when hot new games are released. To sign for Xbox Live Alerts members will simply visit the website at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live/default.htm.
Xbox Live Arcade
XboxLive is driving the market forward with new and innovative offerings, such as the recently announced Xbox Live Arcade, which will provide fun, engaging digital entertainment to gamers of all levels and interests.
XboxLive Arcade, coming this fall, is a newcasual game experience that will bring an added social dimension to the online console environment. A virtual destination within Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade will enable Xbox Live members to try out different types of games, download them and then play them with their friends and family around the world. Xbox Live members will find puzzle games, card & board games, social sports, pub games, and classic action/arcade favorites such as â€œGalaxian,â€ â€œDig Dug,â€ â€œPoker,â€ â€œBejeweledâ€ and â€œFeeding Frenzy.â€ These games are tailor-made for a quick five minute fix or endless hours of intense fun.
It’s not surprising why members have flocked to the service. XboxLive supports one Gamertag, voice chat, and MSN alerts across allLive-enabled titles. This unified service offers a number of innovative features to enrich gamers’ online experience:
Voice Chat. Using the Xbox Communicator headset that comes with every XboxLive Starter Kit, friends can talk, laugh, strategize and taunt in all XboxLive games, or in the XboxLive Now lobby. They can even leave Voice Messages as attachments to game and friend invites.
Gamertag. On XboxLive, players have a single persistent identity across the entire service, making it easy to build and grow their online reputation.
Friends List. Using their unique Gamertags, players can find their friends online and invite them to a game, no matter which XboxLive game they’re playing.
Live Alerts: Players can receive a game invite on their PDA, cell phone or PC with instant messenger through MSN Alerts â€“ something only available through Xbox Live.
Live Web: Live stats and friends lists are available to view through a new Xbox site that links to the service â€“ something only available on XboxLive.
Live Aware: More games allow players to be â€œlogged onâ€ while playing, even if playing single player so they can receive invites, and keep up with what their friends are doing.
At the E3 press briefing on May 10, 2004, we announced an exciting partnership with Electronic Arts (EA) that will bring many of EA’s award-winning, critically acclaimed major franchises to Xbox Live. The first EA title to make its debut on Xbox Live this July is the highly anticipated â€œNCAAÂ® Football 2005â€, quickly followed by the hugely popular â€œMadden NFL 2005â€ in August.
In addition, more than 20 titles are expected to hit Xbox Live in the next few months that will incorporate the great features listed above:
Â· â€œFull Spectrum Warriorâ€ (June 2004)
Â· â€œMLB SlugFest: Loadedâ€ (June 21, 2004)
Â· â€œESPN NFL 2K5â€ (August 2004)
Â· â€œNCAAÂ® Football 2005â€ (July 2004)
Â· â€œMadden NFL 2005â€ (August 2004)
Â· â€œRainbow Six Black Arrowâ€ (August 2004)
Â· â€œNASCARÂ® 2005: Chase for the Cupâ„¢â€ (August 2004)
Â· â€œNHLÂ® 2005â€ (September 2004)
Â· â€œMortal Kombat: Deceptionâ€ (October 2004)
Â· â€œNBA LIVE 2005â€ (October 2004)
Â· â€œFIFA Soccer 2005â€ (October 2004)
Â· â€œStar Wars Battlefrontâ€ (September 21, 2004)
Â· â€œBurnoutÂ®3: TakedownTMâ€ (September 2004)
Â· â€œTiger Woods PGA TOURÂ® 2005â€ (September 2004)
Â· â€œOutrun 2â€ ( October 2004)
Â· â€œNCAAÂ® March Madnessâ„¢ 2005â€ (November 2004)
Â· â€œESPN College Hoops 2K5â€ (Nov 2004)
Â· â€œESPN NHL 2K5â€ (November 2004)
Â· â€œESPN NBA 2K5â€ (November 2004)
Â· â€œUnreal Championship 2â€ (Holiday 2004)
Â· â€œHalo 2â€ (November 9, 2004)
Â· â€œGoldenEye: Rogue Agentâ„¢â€ (Fall 2004)
Â· â€œNeed for Speedâ„¢ Underground 2â€ (Fall 2004)
Â· â€œForzaâ€ (Winter 2004)
Â· â€œCall of Dutyâ€ (Q4 2004)
Â· â€œMechAssault 2â€ (January 2005)
Â· â€œDoom 3â€ (When it’s done)
With more than 150 Live-enabled games planned for availability by the end of the calendar year, there is no question why Xbox Live has the undisputed best online games available on the market. XboxLive is the evolving, dynamic gaming service that continues to bring people together to share experiences, from social gameplay to healthy competition.