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#1 of 18 Tom_J

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Posted November 16 2001 - 08:09 AM

Hi all. I didn't get an XBOX on launch day, though I am planning on picking one up in the VERY NEAR future.

There have been a lot of discussions on how awesome Halo's graphics look on HD, and the sounds in 5.1 just blows every other game away. Yet no one has mentioned anything about the ethernet port that's built in (AFAIK).

Has anyone tried this? If so, what games are multi-player capable, and what kind of performance are you seeing?

Ultimately, I want to get one and hook it up to my router to share my broadband. This was a feature I desperately wanted for NFL2k1-2k2 on the DC, but the whole thing just never panned out. I wanted to make sure this isn't the case for the XBOX before purchasing it.

If you can't tell by now, I'm a big multi-player fan. I don't care how great the graphics are, or how awesome the sound tracks sound - if it doesn't allow me to play human opponents at lag-free speeds, I don't want it. Playing against the same AI over and over again, no matter how good the AI might be, isn't for me. Posted Image

#2 of 18 Joshua Moran

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Posted November 16 2001 - 08:17 AM

none of the launch games use the ethernet adapter. infact from what I remember Microsoft stated that the online games won't be out until 2002.

#3 of 18 Chris Mannes

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Posted November 16 2001 - 08:20 AM

I don't have my Xbox yet either. But I know halo supports the ethernet port. Not for online gaming but for LAN gaming.

Apparently you can hook up 4 xbox's (with a hub & cables) and play 16 player multiplayer.

Now I just need to find 3 other xboxs and 15 friends. *laugh*

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#4 of 18 NickSo

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Posted November 16 2001 - 10:56 AM

Do you need 4 TVs (1 for each Xbox) as well for the LAN Gaming?

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#5 of 18 BrianB

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Posted November 16 2001 - 11:02 AM

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Do you need 4 TVs (1 for each Xbox) as well for the LAN Gaming?[/quote]

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#6 of 18 James Nguyen

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Posted November 16 2001 - 05:45 PM

Halo supports up to 16 players on 4 Xboxen, on a 4 player split screen on each or any combination of players and xboxes that you can imagine.

Co-op mode unfortunately is only split screen...still quite the hoot, but not as nice as say 2 xbox and 2 screens. My friend and I just played some 5 hours straight of co-op and man, is it ever fun. woulda loved to have a whole screen to myself but ah well.

#7 of 18 Graeme Clark

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Posted November 16 2001 - 07:14 PM

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Do you need 4 TVs (1 for each Xbox) as well for the LAN Gaming?

What else would you do? 4 XBox on 1 TV?

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#8 of 18 Max Leung

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Posted November 16 2001 - 07:39 PM

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What else would you do? 4 XBox on 1 TV?

Actually, on my Toshiba TW40X81, I can have 2 Xboxen on my TV using the split video option. Although, I'm not sure if it will take two S-Video sources, but for sure on S-video/Coax split. Posted Image
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#9 of 18 Tom_J

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Posted November 17 2001 - 04:48 AM

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none of the launch games use the ethernet adapter. infact from what I remember Microsoft stated that the online games won't be out until 2002.[/quote]

There are 2 football games out for the Xbox right now, no? NFL Fever and Madden 2k2, I think. Neither of these support multiplayer? Darn. Posted Image

Think I'm going to hold off on the purchase and sit on the fence for a bit.

[Edited last by Tom_J on November 17, 2001 at 11:49 AM]

#10 of 18 Graeme Clark

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Posted November 17 2001 - 07:07 AM

Tom, many games support multiplayer, and some of them can do it on a LAN, but there are none that can be played over the internet yet. Microsoft's network for playing over the internet will not be up until sometime next year and the chances of any games being playable online before that happens are slim to none.

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#11 of 18 Joe michaels

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Posted November 17 2001 - 09:40 AM

This is a really stupid question but if you hook a source up to the ethernet jack, does it do ANYTHING right now?

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#12 of 18 Camp

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Posted November 17 2001 - 10:21 AM

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This is a really stupid question but if you hook a source up to the ethernet jack, does it do ANYTHING right now?

There's no software to do anything with. You can't browse the net or read email without software.

Do we know for sure Halo won't support Internet play when it becomes available? I ask because there's not much difference between playing on a LAN comprised of 4 Xboxen in the same room and 4 Xboxen across the country.

#13 of 18 Michael St. Clair

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Posted November 17 2001 - 10:42 AM

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There's no software to do anything with. You can't browse the net or read email without software.

No, but you could hook it up, boot it up, and see if it grabs an IP adress and you can ping it.

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Do we know for sure Halo won't support Internet play when it becomes available? I ask because there's not much difference between playing on a LAN comprised of 4 Xboxen in the same room and 4 Xboxen across the country.

Programming logic to handle latency and non-trivial packet loss can be a big deal. Something that works over a LAN can work poorly or not at all over the internet.

#14 of 18 Camp

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Posted November 17 2001 - 03:02 PM

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No, but you could hook it up, boot it up, and see if it grabs an IP adress and you can ping it.

Fun. That could almost be a game over in Japan. Posted Image

#15 of 18 RyanM

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Posted November 17 2001 - 04:30 PM

Has anyone experimented with playing titles such as Halo over a VPN?

#16 of 18 Graeme Clark

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Posted November 17 2001 - 07:39 PM

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Fun. That could almost be a game over in Japan.

Guess the IP Address! Super Fun Time!! Big new party game!!!

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#17 of 18 Ben Williams

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Posted November 18 2001 - 02:13 AM

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There are 2 football games out for the Xbox right now, no? NFL Fever and Madden 2k2, I think. Neither of these support multiplayer? Darn.
By multiplayer do you mean "two players and two XBoxes" or "two players and one Xbox".
NFL fever suports multiplayer on the same box (I assume madden does too) - dunno about multi-box multi-playhr

#18 of 18 Chris Bardon

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Posted November 18 2001 - 07:10 AM

Here's a question-can you access the Xbox HD over an ethernet? This would be a GREAT way to get updates for games etc (download on your PC and then upload to Xbox), as well as transferring and backing up saves. No need for a DexDrive anymore?


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