Limelight Networks announced that it is the Content Delivery Network for Microsoft’s just-launched Xbox 360 video game system and Xbox Live, the online gaming service for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft now included with every system. Microsoft is leveraging Limelight Networks for delivery of trailers and game demos during one of the most important product launches in its history to ensure that Xbox Live audiences receive the best performance with any downloaded content.
Xbox Live is now available with two membership levels, Silver and Gold. Silver is standard with every system at no extra cost, while Gold is available via a variety of subscription plans. Both plans feature Xbox Live Marketplace which has over 400 selections of downloadable content, including Xbox Live Arcade games, game demos and trailers. With full implementation of Xbox Live on Limelight Networks’ powerful delivery network, the synergy of Xbox Live and the Limelight Networks platform continues to provide millions of gamers unprecedented online access to games, content and downloads from both Microsoft and leading game developers, directly via Xbox Live.
"With the launch of Xbox 360 we’re taking Xbox Live to new heights. Now that our customers can download game demos, high-definition movie trailers, and more, we need to be prepared for dramatic increases in traffic," said Xbox Live Operations Manager Eric Neustadter. "Working with Limelight Networks allows us to easily scale to any level of demand."
"The expanded Xbox Live online service is sure to be a big hit for all Xbox 360 users," said Erik Gabler, senior vice president business development for Limelight Networks. "Our technology, distributed infrastructure and proven delivery performance continue to make Limelight the clear choice for delivery of high-speed downloads of Xbox Live content to audiences of any size."
The eagerly anticipated Xbox 360 was launched in the United States on November 22, 2005 to sellout crowds, with many retailers opening their doors at midnight in conjunction with the Zero Hour launch event in the Mojave Desert. Gaming enthusiasts are not only receiving the latest in high performance gaming technology, but a system that promises integrated interaction and delivery of all forms of digital entertainment.