1/4/2008

Microsoft promises free game after online woes

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:07 am

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it will offer a free downloadable video game to users of its Xbox online gaming service after the network was plagued with connection troubles over the holidays.

Xbox Live General Manager Mark Whitten said the problems stemmed from a “massive increase” in new users of the service over the holiday season, when sales of video game hardware and software surge.

“While the service was not completely offline at any given time, we are disappointed in our performance,” Whitten said in a statement.

Whitten said all Xbox Live members around the world would be able to freely download one game over the service. Games sold on Xbox Live typically cost from $5 to $20, and Whitten said Microsoft would give details of the offer in the coming weeks.

 

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