Xbox Live Arcade available now

Service brings classic and original content to Xbox Live users via download.

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Microsoft launched its Xbox Live Arcade service today. The service brings retro and original games to Xbox Live users sans discs and packaging. Subscribers can download a select group of titles over Xbox Live and have the charge billed directly to their Xbox Live account. The titles will range from $9.99 for basic games to $19.99 for "fully features titles." Gamers looking to use the service will need to get their hands on a launch CD, available from Microsoft for a $4.99 shipping and handling fee.

Launch titles for Xbox Live Arcade include Ms. Pac Man, Bejeweled, Super Collapse 2, Ricochet Lost Worlds, Dangerous Mines, Hardwood Solitaire, and Namco Vintage, which includes Dig Dug, Pole Position, and Galaga.

For a limited time, the launch disc will include a free copy of Ms. Pac Man. Microsoft plans to add new titles spanning multiple genres every month.

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