U.S. Soldiers To Get Their Halo 3 Fix On Xbox

U.S. soldiers might soon be trading their M16s for plasma ray guns or virtual footballs, thanks to Microsoft. The tech company revealed Tuesday that it is in the process of equipping USO centers around the world with Xbox 360 consoles so that armed forces personnel can play games such as Halo 3 or Madden NFL 07 during time off.


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The soldiers also will be able to chat with loved ones back home using headsets linked to the Xbox Live online service.

Some soldiers in Iraq already have gotten their hands on Halo 3, a first-person shooter game for the Xbox 360 in which players assume the persona of super warrior Master Chief. Microsoft and game developer Bungie Studios helped the armed forces set up stations in the country where soldiers can play the game online, according to blog reports.

Halo 3 has smashed a number of game industry sales records since it debuted on Sept. 25. First-day sales topped $170 million, retailers took more than 1.7 million pre-orders, and retail sales in the first week exceeded $300 million. Earlier this week, Microsoft said it would bundle two video games with the Xbox 360: Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Microsoft also said Tuesday that it will make contributions to America Supports You, a Department of Defense organization that helps connect soldiers deployed in hot spots like Iraq and Afghanistan with support organizations in the United States.

Microsoft added that it will sponsor a private performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City for more than 5,000 armed forces personnel during the holidays.

See original article on InformationWeek.com

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