Gaming: A Spectator Sport?Among other Microsoft-touted features: The Xbox 360 will allow users to watch online games in a "spectator mode." The idea is that just like sports fans who tune in to watch televised football and basketball games, gamers will want to watch other gamers compete, Microsoft says. The feature will allow active gamers to study the techniques and tricks fellow enthusiasts employ to get through various games. Meanwhile, casual gamers will be able to watch tournaments featuring the best players on the network. It remains to be seen how much of a draw this will be. Most of the gamers at the conference seemed much more interested in taking their turn playing games than watching others do the same.
One thing each console maker is stressing this time around is backward compatibility; each of the new consoles from Microsoft,