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London - Friday 22nd October 2004 - XboxÒ, the video game system from Microsoft®, today announced a European limited edition retail offers available from the 11th November in the UK.

The limited edition Halo 2 Xbox Live Starter kit contains a full copy of Halo 2, an Xbox Live Voice Communicator and twelve months subscription to Xbox Live.

It means gamers who already own an Xbox Console but have not yet signed up to Xbox Live can take advantage of the great value limited edition Halo 2 Xbox Live Starter Kit for £59.99 (RRP).

"Halo 2 is the most highly expected game this Christmas and this offer gives all gamers a great way to experience the best game on-line on Xbox Live" said Richard Teversham, Director of Xbox Product Marketing, EMEA. "It is a fantastic offer for gamers throughout Europe - the most talked-about Xbox game of 2004 and the best gaming experience available at the best value".

There is also another way to find out what it's like to be a part of the growing Xbox Live community - with no obligation to purchase a subscription. Anyone with an Xbox and broadband internet connection can trial the online gaming service absolutely free for two months by purchasing one of a selection of 1st and 3rd party titles including; Halo 2, EA SPORTSTM FIFA® Football 2005, and many, many more. Just ask in store for details or look for the trial card sticker on the cover of the games.

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Limited Edition Halo 2 Xbox Live Starter Kit contains:

  • Xbox Live Voice Communicator
  • One full copy of Halo 2
  • 12 months subscription to Xbox Live

About Xbox

Xbox ( <<a target="_new" class="releaselink" href=">">> ) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in Europe for an estimated street price of €149.99/£99.99.

About Xbox Live

Xbox Live is the first comprehensive, online game service fully dedicated to fast‑action broadband gaming experiences. Xbox Live allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a broadband Internet connection. With a built‑in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console was built from the ground up to be an online gaming system so there's no need to buy additional peripherals.

Xbox Live enables all gamers to find and play with their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; and download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

For more information, please contact:

Marie-Claire Suter

UK PR Manager - Xbox & PC Games

Tel: +44 (0) 118 909 4599


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