Table Tennis bounces onto XBL

Free demo of Rockstar's Ping-Pong hit now available on Xbox Live Marketplace; 526MB download offers one- and two-player offline modes.

Following speculation last week on the blog of Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, a demo of Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace. Weighing in at 526MB, the demo features pro playable characters Mark and Liu Ping and a three-game set in China's National Table Tennis Auditorium. It has options for one- or two-player offline games, but it does not support Xbox Live matchups.

The Table Tennis release is the latest in a series of high-profile demos to make it onto Xbox Live. Like the recent Dead or Alive 4 demo, the Table Tennis demo arrives long after the full game was shipped to stores. Other recent demos to help Xbox 360 owners through the summer include The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II and Prey.

Besides being the subject of a fair amount of critical acclaim, Table Tennis also uses the same graphics technology as Rockstar's most anticipated release of next year. It is based on Take-Two's proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine, which will also power Grand Theft Auto IV. (Current-generation Grand Theft Autos use the RenderWare engine, which is now owned by Take-Two rival Electronic Arts.) GTA IV will arrive simultaneously on the 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 16, 2007, in the US, and October 19, 2007, in the UK.

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47 comments
Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I've played more of this game in store kiosks than I would in the demo, so it's redundant to me, but it is still nice that it is now available. I recommend all try it if they can, it's a very fun game.

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

Sounds awesome... strange really... but i can't wait!

PyroSean30
PyroSean30

why is this in the PS3 news? but anyway, i heard good things about this game and this is good news to try it out

rynmls
rynmls

great news... for 360 owners of course...

jeebs213
jeebs213

i'm gonna buy a 360 just to play all of these great demos, forget about the $60 games!

ocdog45
ocdog45

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Tommi88
Tommi88

i just love this game bought it today !:D

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

*turns on the 360 and starts downloading*

The_X_Factor_69
The_X_Factor_69

i must say that i am impressed by the demo...mabye i'll buy it if i can find it at a discount price

thekey
thekey

Those that haven't played it. Play it!!!! bigj61 You must have not read the artical, the game uses the same graphic tecnology that GTA4 is going to use.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Well, I'm gonna have to check this out. The graphics in it are pretty impressive. GTA should be kickass, provided the frame rate holds up for it.

enoslives7
enoslives7

ping pong....ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! the apocalypse is near

hemakm3
hemakm3

Will check this out.

03mareed
03mareed

wasnt it already out i could of sworn it was already out i am Uk based

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

demo was the only way I was going to play this one. Graphics look sweet but didn't seem to have much replay value.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

It's fun to see that Microsoft puts out demos a month or two after the original game has hit store shelves. I thought demos were supposed to come out BEFORE the retail game, to give you an idea on how it is.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

Yipee! And what does this have to do with GTA IV? Well, they're both made by the same company, and there's speculation going around that they'll both use the same graphics engine.

SrLynx
SrLynx

I wanted to check this game out eversince it was released, so this is a good way to see what the fuss is all about.

T1Panda
T1Panda

Might have to check that out.

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

When I get back from vacation, I'm going to download this and Prey...

Neomelkoreta
Neomelkoreta

as much as I dont particularly like rockstar for their GTA games which got incredibly boring about 1 hour into GTA3, I am looking forward to playing this game, hopefully my friend DL'd the Demo!

Slice267
Slice267

I already own it but I encourage everyone to try it out

samekila
samekila

downloaded late last night it way better then I thought it would be I will buy it now galaga is on xbox live arcade to

The_MrB
The_MrB

Whoot, I'll definitely download it.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The Xbox360 and Xbox Live continue to get better & better!:D Only a jealous fanboy would deny it. Go, MS!!

netsgiantsfan24
netsgiantsfan24

nice ive been wanting to play this game for a while but never got the chance too. im downloading it right now :)

tyler2010
tyler2010

It should have came out before the game......

spydrman5472
spydrman5472

As long as GTA4 looks and plays better than Saint's Row no one will have anything to worry about. Even though I'm a huge GTA fan I'm thinkin' 'bout gettin' Saint's Row just as a warm up to GTA4. If Sain't Row turns out decently maybe it'll even raise the bar on what GTA4 will be forced to accomplish (like online multiplayer and graphical prowess). Can't wait!

smiley17O
smiley17O

SWEET IM GANA GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW i have all ways wantesd to play this

Duh_to_the_avo
Duh_to_the_avo

While the game does run on the same engine, unfortunately it would be pushing it to say that GTA IV will look like table tennis. Table tennis only had to draw two game characters and a background with items, while GTA will have to animate vast environments with many characters and items. Hopefully GTA IV will look great, but it wont be as good looking as this, warcraftfan234.

The_Crowing
The_Crowing

They're using the same engine (RAGE) on GTAIV.

warcraftfan234
warcraftfan234

If you check out the screenshots for Table Tennis, that is the same graphics for GTA IV.

jkr2krz
jkr2krz

Personally I wish demo's would come out like a week or so after a game's release but hey better late then never. BTW/FTW and asking "what does this have to do with gta IV .. read the whole STORY all the way, to the end prior to commenting.

bigj61
bigj61

what does this have to do GTA IV?