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How It Works

We’ll take the Xbox Live service as an example of multiplayer online gaming. The service requires a standard Xbox gaming console plus an Xbox Live Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes a one-year subscription to the service and a Communicator headset and a minigame. The Communicator headset allows players to communicate with one another across the Internet while playing. It includes features for voice masking, global muting, and parental control for addressing various privacy concerns that may naturally arise. Another part of the overall Xbox Live service are the four data centers that Microsoft uses to manage the hosting, networking, security, and billing. This allows game developers to focus on creating content for their games without having to worry about the infrastructure items to support the games. For consumers, the benefit of the data centers and the service as a whole is that they can receive a single bill for all their game play.

Sample Scenario: Setup for Xbox Live


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