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PES4 'definitely' playable on Xbox Live - sources

Highly placed insiders inform us that an announcement is imminent, after Konami takes an Xbox build featuring a Live button to Game Stars. PS2 owners, however, will almost certainly miss out.

Having discovered an Xbox Live button in the Game Stars Live build of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 earlier this week, Eurogamer has been told by various insiders that the Xbox version of the famous football title will "definitely" be playable online - although we're still waiting to find out whether more than two players will be able to compete at a time.

Konami has yet to officially confirm or deny Xbox Live support, despite including an Xbox Live button in its Game Stars Live build of the game (which, for the record, does look exactly like the photographed Xbox booth floating around forums and mailing lists at the moment), but we understand from sources close to the publisher that an announcement is now imminent.

However, the PS2 version of the game will almost certainly not support online play - or PS2 Online in any regard. The word circulating at the moment is that the PS2 version was submitted to Sony this August barely a couple of weeks after Winning Eleven 8 shipped in Japan - something that Konami will neither confirm or deny - and does not include any online gameplay functionality.

The fate of the PC version, meanwhile, is more difficult to comment on. The PC version was not at Game Stars Live from what we saw, and Konami has yet to comment on the version's networking support.

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is due out on PS2, Xbox and PC early this October.

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