Since it’s Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve gotten the chance to play Halo 2 over XBConnect for about 10 hours over the last couple of days and it’s been tons and tons of fun. Halo 2’s networking engine and packet sizes have been optimized so much for Xbox Live that there is no signs of slow down while playing over XBConnect, which uses System Link play. Of course this is only true as long as you can maintain less than 100-millisecond ping rates with other players, but that’s easy nowdays.

Having seen the game on Xbox Live and XBConnect, I can say that the game is just as fluid on XBConnect and it’s easier to get games started than on Xbox Live–which means a lot less waiting. Granted, Xbox Live has player rankings and organized tournaments that XBConnect does not. But if you don’t care about that junk, XBConnect is definitely the way to go. I do recommend picking up Xbox Live if only for the headset that you can use over XBConnect. Play on playa.

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  1. Xlink is a far better app (http://www.teamxlink.co.uk). It works on OSX, Linux and Win32. XBC is only Win32.

    #1 by miked — September 29, 2005 @ 9:08 am

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