Downloadable content is becoming an established part of online console gaming, but what will gamers see in the next round of consoles?


Four new maps for the Xbox game Halo 2 are now available for download onto the console.

The new maps breathe life into Halo 2’s multiplayer element and will undoubtedly spark a renewed rush to pick up the controller.

Downloadable content has become part and parcel of online gaming, especially for Xbox users who can store new content on the machine’s hard drive.

New maps, levels, cars and weapons have become familiar adds-ons for gamers.

In Halo 2’s case the new content comes with a catch, of sorts – while two of the maps are free, the other two cost £2.99 for the pair.

If gamers wait until the summer, all four of the maps will be free, but for hard core fans the temptation to pay out will be strong – especially when all it takes is a click of a button.

More than 6.7 million gamers have bought Halo 2 since its release in November last year and if only one in 10 of those buy the maps that is an additional £2m of revenue.

So are the paid-for maps worth the cost?

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