Microsoft Offers More Ways to Play Games for Windows and Xbox 360 at German Games Convention – Stories

LEIPZIG,GermanyAug。

23,2006Onceagainprovingthatitsgameplatformsoffermorewaysforgamerstohavefun,MicrosoftCorp。

todayannouncedgreatnewgamesandaccessoriesforXbox360andWindowsgamers。

DeliveringontheworldwidedemandforXbox360,XboxLiveandGamesforWindows,MicrosoftrevealedkeyadditionstoitsWindowsVistashowcaselibraryandXbox360titlestodayatthe2007GamesConventioninLeipzig。

InadditiontoannouncingnewEuropean-centricboardgamesforthehugelysuccessfulXboxLiveArcadeonXboxLive,thepremieronlinegamingservice,MicrosoftannouncedthatthenextgenerationofsoccerwillbeavailableexclusivelyontheXbox360consolethisyear。

WithFIFA07fromElectronicArtsInc。

(EA)andProEvolutionSoccer6fromKonamiDigitalEntertainmentInc。

Xbox360willbetheonlyplacewheregamerscanenjoynextgenerationsoccerthisyear。

NearlydoublingitsphysicalpresenceattheGamesConventionoverlastyear,MicrosoftisgivinggamerstheopportunitytoseeandplaythenewesttitlesforWindows,Xbox360andXboxLive。

Morethan130gamestationsandmorethan40titlesareavailableforgamerstotestattheMicrosoftboothontheconventionshowfloor。

Xbox360andXboxLiveArcade

Hotontheheelsofanexciting2006FIFAWorldCup,EAannouncedthatFIFA07,featuringarevolutionarynewgameengineandonlineplay,willbeavailableonXbox360。

KonamiwillalsobringProEvolutionSoccer6totheconsole,makingXbox360theexclusivehometonext-generationsoccerthisholidayseason。

Inaddition,withmoreandmoregamersenjoyingthegrowingnumberofgamesonXboxLiveArcadeeveryday,Microsoftisgivinggamersasplashofglobalinfluencewiththeforthcomingreleaseofthreeboard-game-inspiredtitlesfromEurope。

SettlersofCatan,CarcassonneandAlhambraaresettobringtheclassicboardgamestothehigh-definitionscreenonXboxLiveArcadeviaXboxLiveMarketplace。

GamesforWindows

Expandingoneofthelargestgamelibrariesavailableforanygamingsystem,Microsoftandindustrypartnersannouncedtwoadditionalfamily-friendlyshowcasetitlesforthenewWindowsoperatingsystem,WindowsVista。

LEGOStarWarsII:TheOriginalTrilogyfromLucasArtsandZooTycoon2:MarineManiafromMicrosoftGameStudioswilljointhegrowinglistofWindowsVistatitlesthatwillofferbreakthroughfeaturestopushtheboundariesofgamersexpectationsandsetthebarforcutting-edge,next-generationgamingontheWindowsVistaplatform。

Duetoreleaseinearly2007,WindowsVistawillprovideimprovedexperiencesforgamersfromthemostcasualgamerstothehard-coreenthusiaststhroughnewfeaturessuchastheGamesExplorer,MicrosoftDirectX10andParentalControls。

WepromisedgamerstheywouldexperiencearenaissanceofgaminggoodnessonthemostpopularMicrosoftgameplatform,saidRichWickham,directorofGamesforWindowsbusinessatMicrosoft。

Windowshasalwaysprovidedafantasticexperienceforgamers,butWindowsVistaandthesenewgamesreallytakeadvantageoftheenhancementsinWindowsVistaandarejustthestartofourrenewedcommitmenttoWindowsgamers。

Duringitsconventionkeynoteaddress,MicrosoftalsoshowedaplayabledemonstrationoftheWindowsVistashowcasetitleFlightSimulatorXusingtheXbox360WirelessControllerandthenewXbox360WirelessGamingReceiverforWindows。

ConventionattendeesgotaglimpseoftheexcitingnewgamingexperiencesavailableinthelatestiterationofMicrosoftslongest-runningfranchiseforWindowsoperatingsystemsandthenextstepincross-platformgamecontrols。

Xbox360Accessories