PSO Xbox Newslets

Several minor details concerning the upcoming Xbox and GameCube releases of Phantasy Star Online have recently been revealed by Sonic Team. The company has concluded that downloading the add-on bonus version of Sega's old Saturn classic NiGHTS will take roughly five minutes. The add-on had been announced several weeks ago, and is playable on the Game Boy Advance. The developers also provided an update on their progress with the Xbox version of the game; currently, the game is roughly 40% complete.

The Xbox version of PSO will also have the distinction of being bundled with Microsoft's newest project for its console: The Xbox Live service, set to launch this fall in Japan. The network will allow players to connect with a variety of broadband devices, including ADSL, cable, and FTTH broadband providers. There is no restriction on ISP; however, the Xbox will not support narrowband connections of 56k or lower. Starter Kits for the service will be made available this fall for a price of 6800 yen (approximately $54.00 US), which includes a year's subscription to the service, a voice chat peripheral known as the Xbox Voice Communicator, and several pack-in games, PSO included.

The Xbox Live service will also be launching in North America this fall; however, PSO will not be included. It is uncertain whether the game will be available here at that time; it will, however, definitely be available on the GameCube in October.

by Andrew Long    
Sources: [Gamefront, The MagicBox]
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