The Boxes Go Online

By the end of the year, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox will all support peer-to-peer gaming over the Internet. Here's what each will offer.

by Photo by: John B. Carnett

Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCubePhoto by: John B. Carnett

MICROSOFT XBOX
Availability: This fall
Price: $49.95 for a one-year subscription and headset
Access: DSL or cable
Player Matching: Included in subscription (with other services)
Titles Expected at Launch: Unreal Championship, MechAssault, Whacked, NFL Fever 2003, and Midtown Madness 3

SONY PLAYSTATION 2
Availability: This month
Price: One-time purchase of a combo Ethernet/dial-up modem card ($40). A hard drive is optional (price not set)
Access : DSL, cable, or dial-up
Player Matching: Free
Titles Expected at Launch: Twisted Metal Black Online, John Madden NFL 2003, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, Tribes Aerial Assault, and nine other games

NINTENDO GAMECUBE
Availability: Late this year
Price: One-time purchase of dial-up modem (price not set)
Access : Dial-up
Player Matching: Free
Title Expected at Launch: Phantasy Star Online