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Xbox Live for free?

Microsoft has suggested that multiplayer gaming through Live on Windows Vista will be a free service, unlike on Xbox 360 where users have to subscribe to Gold membership to access multiplayer.

During an interview with, Microsoft's Shane Kim was asked whether it'd be free for PC users to play against friends, while certain premium-level stuff would be locked behind Gold. "Theoretically speaking, that's exactly the kind of thing we'd want to do," he replied.

PC gaming's traditional "multiplayer for free" ethic that exists with the platform is a factor being taken fully into account by Microsoft for Live on Windows.