Section 8: Prejudice is the first game to feature player-hosted dedicated servers on the Xbox 360, the publisher announced today, a surprising achievement considering the game is a $15 XBLA shooter. Player-hosted dedicated servers traditionally exist solely for the PC platform, so having the stability of that setup on a console game is welcome news for all those Xbox Live addicts out there.
Section 8: Prejudice is the first Xbox 360 game that allows players to run PC-hosted dedicated servers, giving console players the ability to partake of the higher performance often associated with a dedicated-server setup. However, the dedicated server aspects come with a bit of a price: they have to be rented.
TimeGate Studios, the publisher for Section 8: Prejudice, made the dedicated servers available via a partnership with GameServers.com by which fans can rent dedicated server space to play the game. Starting today, players can rent Xbox 360 servers that support up to 32 players for the Xbox 360 version of Section 8: Prejudice, then fully configure the space to their preferences.
For instance, gamers can choose between “Ranked” and “Unranked” servers, customize any available features such as maps, game modes, difficulty levels and gameplay settings, to name just a few of the options available to them. All of those options can be configured and managed via an automated Web-based interface, reducing the traditional barrier to entry of setting up a dedicated server.
Section 8: Prejudice was first made available for download on April 20 via Xbox Live.
To setup a dedicated server for your own Xbox 360 version of Section 8: Prejudice, visit this site.