XBox broadbandless???

From Daily Radar News:

Xbox will not have broadband capability at launch, a highly placed Microsoft source confirmed today.
The delay, to 2002, is due to a slower-than-expected adoption of broadband, the source indicated. Since the Ethernet connection is built in to Xbox, the console presumably will still work for networked games at 56K or lower, which would make it fine for playing deathmatch games, but not for massively multiplayer online titles.

When reached for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson merely stated that nothing has been announced. He indicated that more news would be forthcoming at the E3 trade show in May, although inside sources expect one sooner.

This has been shot down on a few sites, but there has been no official word from MS.

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Daily Radar has updated the article with a correction. It reads…

Xbox will not have broadband content at launch, a highly placed Microsoft source confirmed today.

The delay, to 2002, is due to a slower-than-expected adoption of broadband, the source indicated. Since the Ethernet connection is built in to Xbox, the console presumably will still work for networked games designed to be played on current modem technologies including DSL, LAN, cable and 56k, which would make it fine for playing deathmatch games, but the oft-mentioned and vaguely defined broadband content (streaming movies, massively multiplayer RPGs and online music) promised by both Sony and Microsoft would still appear to be some way off.

The Dreamcast didn’t support online gaming for quite a while, but it sure is receiving a lot of praise now that Phantasy Star Online is out. What a difference a few words can make.
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