Xbox Goes Live with OutKast

Even if you’ve had your share of the "Hey Ya" song, you probably wouldn’t turn down the opportunity play a game of ESPN NFL Football with six-time Grammy nominees OutKast. Microsoft Corp. today offers the opportunity to do just that with the launch of Game With Fame, a new program that allows fans to take on some of today’s hottest stars on the Xbox Live service.

Xbox Live, which launched in the U.S. on Nov. 15, 2002, allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games and talk with with other gamers worldwide via a broadband connection. For today’s Game With Fame program launch, OutKast’s Big Boi takes on gamers around the globe live from Los Angeles, where the band will be preparing for its appearance at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.

“If you’ve listened to our music or seen us live, you know OutKast knows how to set it off, and we’re about to change Xbox Live forever,” says Big Boi. “Not only will I talk to the OutKast fans out there, but I’ll show ‘em how we get down in the ATL on ESPN NFL Football.”

Throughout the year Game With Fame will host a league of luminaries from music, film, television and sports. Scheduled to participate are The Strokes, Phantom Planet, The Crystal Method, Fefe Dobson, Kings of Leon, Korn, Hoobastank, A New Found Glory and Thrice.

Since its introduction just 14 months ago, Xbox Live has attracted a growing community of more than 750,000 gamers from 19 countries. More than 70 Xbox Live titles are now available at retail, including favorites Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 from Ubisoft, Project Gotham Racing 2 and Counter-Strike from Microsoft Game Studios, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy from LucasArts.