The birth of Xbox Live

PG:There was a dream that was a box.

Part sci-fi, part nostalgia, this box would unite people from around the world and provide a platform for entertainment that would drive the future. In young computer scientist J Allard's dream, this box would change the world.

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-Foxtrot1743d ago

I always assumed Xbox Live was born after Microsoft saw the idea of what the Dreamcast tried to accomplish before it died out.

P0werVR1743d ago

Is that a bad thing?! If anything, Microsoft made it better and you can say the same thing for what PS3 has become because of Xbox Live when it come down to connectivity and social media.

-Foxtrot1743d ago

No but the article doesn't even mention the Dreamcast...least give credit where it's due

P0werVR1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

As if your type will do the same for Xbox? Yeah right. Xbox Live has innovated gaming and will take it even further with Xbox One.


Cool it. You know damn well. Just move on if you can't continue the argument.

-Foxtrot1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago ) type?

What the hell you talking about

My bloodtype, other diabetics, people who wear glasses?


Actually no I don't because you never said anything because your too afraid to.

There is a reason why you have two bubbles, pot calling the kettle black by any chance

Move on? Maybe you should move on since your the one who started this...but then again people like yourself usually do on here

nukeitall1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Imagine if back in 2000, the public (or fangirls if you may) said they didn't want an ethernet port, because many didn't have broadband and instead wanted a modem?

We wouldn't have the awesomeness of what Xbox Live is back then until today!

That is what happened to the Xbox One, because of irrational fear stirred up by fangirls.

We won't know what would happen if it went all digital? The awesomness of the cloud is severely limited


MS was heavily involved with the Sega Dreamcast as the console shipped with Windows CE.

Because a product exist in the market, doesn't mean they necessarily got the idea from that. If you read the article, you would know that J Allard had this idea way back when, and had to fight MS management to push his idea through and make it a success.

The idea was ethernet port in favor of modem port, which is what the Dreamcast relied on. The broadband connection allowed MS to pave the way for voice chat and a host of other things not possible. The innovation was to leapfrog the dial-up connection and team with internet service providers to give fastest possible connection for faster broadband adoption.

No wonder, MS is pushing Xbox Live beyond anyone else. Even back then, MS was so far ahead of the pack!

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DeathOfTheFanBoy1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Sega were on the right tracks, Microsoft brought that idea forward,expanded it hugely, and most importantly-delivered.

Other companies have been playing catch up ever since.

party chat
easy to manage friends list
great online play
dedicated servers
cloud game saves etc...

The list goes on...

Belking1743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

Ms actually helped sega with dreamcast by supplying the Widows CE/direct x. They were very close partners. That's how Peter Moore landed at MS. Sega didn't have the financial backing to saturate the market enough because of Sony money hating devs to develop for their platform resulting in discontinuation of dreamcast. So ms took that vision and applied it to their own console and now we have the magnificent Xbox live.

misterbe31743d ago (Edited 1743d ago )

A great read, Y2K, remember it well.

Xbox Live will no doubt be the driving force of next gen gaming and connectivity.

PlayStation and Sony might have a more desirable product at the moment, but if their online infrastructure (for next gen) is the same as what they have now, they will get left behind.

KingDadXVI1743d ago

Excellent read. I don't care what anyone says MS is the leader in online game services bar none.