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  Xbox gamers begin online battles
Updated 14 March 2003, 12.20
Moto GP is one of the games for Xbox Live
Xbox gamers bored with playing on their own will be able to take on thousands of new opponents from Friday.

That's because Microsoft are launching their Xbox Live package, which will let gamers all over Europe play against each other over the internet.

You can also use a headset communicator to chat to whoever you are playing the game against - wherever they are in the world.

Ant and Dec helped launch Xbox Live
Ant and Dec helped launch Xbox Live
But to play Xbox Live you'll need 40 to buy the headset and a year's subscription to the service, as well as a super-fast broadband internet connection.

It's already been launched in the US, and around 350,000 gamers have signed up to take on their mates over the web.

Sony are planning to launch online gaming for the PlayStation 2 later in the year after testing it later this month.

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