Xbox Game Room Has Quarter System

By Spencer . January 6, 2010 . 11:03pm


The Game Room itself is a free download. Virtual arcade cabinets, complete with their original cover art costs 240 Microsoft Points ($3) a piece for one platform, 400 Microsoft Points ($5) if you want to play them on you Xbox 360 and PC.


Alternatively, you don’t have to buy games. Similar to a classic arcade you can pay to play games with Microsoft Points. 40 MSP, the equivalent of two quarters, lets you play one game. Kind of pricey for one game of Centipede, but I suppose that’s the “true” arcade experience. When you visit a friend’s game room everything they purchased is playable for free. Game Room titles have achievements to collect, universal leaderboards, and online play over Xbox Live.


Game Room will launch on Xbox 360 and PCs this spring with 30 titles from Atari, Activision, Konami, and Intellivision. Centipede and Asteroids Deluxe on the launch list. Additional arcade games will be introduced each week after launch.



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  • banballow

    The real question is, can I place my “Quarters” on the screen to call next?

    • Chow

      lol, I remember doing that twelve years ago waiting in line to play the Capcom Vs. games at a local Comic store during the lunch hour.

  • malek86

    From Atari? I have all of them already, you know, what with the Anthology for Xbox.

    That’s the problem with this kind of arcade stuff – you can usually find them, for much cheaper than individually, in a disc collection.

    • Jellybit

      $3 a piece ain’t bad, and the fact that your XBL friends can visit your arcade and play your games (even with online multiplayer if multiplayer exists for the game) adds value. Your anthology disc can’t do that, to my knowledge. And with worldwide leaderboards on a system delivered for free to every 360 owner, I think you’ll find a lot of highscore competition. Remember, the name of the game now is services.

      • malek86

        Actually, the Anthology for Xbox already had online leaderboards. Though it didn’t have multiplayer, true.Anyway, for the sake of nostalgia, I guess I might buy Battlezone, and maybe Major Havoc because it was awesome (if they have it). I do already have them both on the Anthology, but it will be nicer to be able to play them without having to pop the disc in.

  • Ereek

    Hear that sound? That’s the sound of nickles and dimes.

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