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Submitted by JoelT 1054d ago | opinion piece

Why Game Journalists are Spinning Durango’s “Always Online” Functionality and Why They’re Wrong

Joel Taveras writes, "It seems as though every gaming website has jumped all over the rumor of the next gen XBOX, codenamed: Durgano, featuring an “always online, always connected” configuration. Coupling it with rumors of Microsoft’s attempts at blocking used games it’s under the assumption that the company will use an online connection to achieve said blocking. How can all of these gaming sites be so naive?

Well, it’s not so much that they’re naive as it is more so a form calculated neglect; that or a complete and total lack of common sense." (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Xbox One)

stglt  +   1054d ago
Xbox 360 - Change tv channel input, turn on console, login.
Xbox 720 - 'Xbox, show xbox games'.

Allways on is crap right?
jimbobwahey  +   1054d ago
I see the "Always on" thing as basically copying what Nintendo did with the Wii, which isn't a big deal. The leaks say that the next Xbox will remain in standby and download updates when not in use, which is exactly what Nintendo does with the Wii and Wii U and is actually a pretty good idea.

It sucks having to download updates and crap when you want to play a game, so if the next Xbox does that when not in use I see that as a good thing. I think Sony even said during the PS4 conference that their new console will do the same thing as well, which is how it allows you to instantly resume gameplay when you go to use the PS4, without any loading times.

All console manufacturers are aiming for "Always online" so trying to pick on one of them for it specifically isn't very fair in my opinion.
ichimaru  +   1054d ago
stop making sense, and get on board, the wagon is leaving
DarthJay  +   1054d ago
I believe the Apple TV doesn't turn off anymore either, it just goes in standby for the same purpose.
Gildarts  +   1054d ago
Xbox 360 downloads in standby mode too. But I'm sure they mean that you can just walk in to your house and say" Xbox,on" and then on your way to the kitchen you can say "Xbox, Play halo" or whatever you'd like to do. And when you finally on oj the couch everything's already set up, ready for play.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1054d ago
I agree, People spinning this.

1.) Its a confirmed source and not an official confirmation yet.

2.) We don't know how exactly MS will implement this or how it gonna benefit users or how it'll turn out.

3.) The sources did not say anything about blocking used or DRM functionality.

If I had to come up with an explanation I'd say its a consumer feature rather than a corporate feature. MS and Sony knows the crisis over the used games sales with publishers.

But their selling a console for people not the publishers? As far as I'm concerned EA and Ubisoft are already doing something about their problem and I'm soon others will follow. It's not MS and Sony's responsibility to cater to them but cater to the consumers.
kreate  +   1054d ago
the thing is.. everyone should complain about this so that MS gets a clear message from both gamers and developers that nobody wants 'always online' feature.

if ppl start defending them (which some ppl do), than MS will just implement it.
stglt  +   1054d ago
The next xbox won't require an allways on internet connection. it will work the same as the xbox 360. The thing is the box will have an hdmi in so MS wants you to connect your iptvbox to the console so when you turn the tv on the xbox system shows up and you can play games or watch tv from it.
But it won't block people without internet from playing games.
DarthJay  +   1054d ago
The "always online" feature as I read it sounds awesome. Console is in standby and does all my downloads for me? Why WOULDN'T I want that? Easy load up and go right into my games? That's great.

I just haven't seen any indication that specifically states the console will not work unless connected to the internet. Sure, who wouldn't be against that? But I don't believe that is this. This feature, as interpreted above, is awesome as far as I am concerned.
Gildarts  +   1054d ago
I'm sure Microsoft heard the commotion.
kreate  +   1053d ago
Hopefully, offline gaming works w durango.
chaos_mechanica  +   1054d ago
That's exactly how I took it. Of course they wouldn't exclude a major portion of the population who don't have great internet connection, but they would be remiss in not including that kind of functionality for people who do have better connection. If the PS3 has it now, why shouldn't next gen? And people complain about downloading things and wasting time... Microsoft and Sony have talked about downloading things on the go so that it's ready when you return home.

negativity=rage=more hits=easy article for some of these sites.
Mr_Writer85  +   1054d ago
No matter what MS do they will sell consoles.

MS where the ONLY platform to charge to play online, jesus it even charged you to use your subcription services you already pay for.

Also the RROD

Didnt exactly stop people buying it now did it?
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DigitalSmoke  +   1054d ago
The mass media covered it all up, if Microsoft got treated fairly on the 100% RROD issue they would have got tossed away with the garbage, for good.

Media build this system because more consoles means more to write about means money for sites and magz.

Now, how long can this brainwashing last !?
Mustang300C2012  +   1054d ago
Idiotic comment after all these years still cover up conspiracies. Grow up. The system had issues. The PS3 had issues. The PS2 had issues. Sh*t happens. MS did more than other companies did and paid out of pocket to fix the issues. It was no cover up.

As far as this always online stuff goes if it is true then no big deal. Just like the piece says most of our devices are always on even when we don't use it.PS Plus customers need it on for automatic updates. I love the contradiction that comes from fanboys especially when we don't have all the facts and details.
ziggurcat  +   1054d ago
you're partly correct. always-on isn't a big deal, but only if it doesn't block the enjoyment of any single player campaign if you're not connected to the internet.

that's the problem i think most people have with that functionality as it would render your console useless if, say, the network goes down or there are problems with your ISP.
Mr_Writer85  +   1054d ago
'I love the contradiction that comes from fanboys especially when we don't have all the facts and details'

'.PS Plus customers need it on for automatic updates'


The system starts up itself and connects, nothing to do with always on you cretin.
DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   1054d ago
MS released a console with 75% failure rate and that is just okay ? how do you release a console that has that percentage of failure ?
did they test it and said "fuck it. we'll release it anyway".

the fact is, no other console was that problematic.

online stuff no big deal ?
so Sim City was no big deal also ?
you buy a game, MUST install it on console, enter a registration code, you MUST be online the whole time so they can check you registration code every few hours.
and then, you blu-ray is worthless.

IF the rumors are true.

EDGE is saying their source is also saying this and EDGE was right a lot of times
Dlacy13g  +   1054d ago
The "why" game journalists are doing it is simple. Controversy gets hits and couple that with the fact that MS has been uber quiet on their next xbox has many very curious what it really is. The few leaks that have come seem legit enough so when it also comes with some juicy bits that can be spun ....well, we see the hit meter go up.
Jek_Porkins  +   1054d ago
Actually the media is desperately trying to force Microsoft into divulging any information on their next console, so much so that they are no inventing rumors in order to get a response.

The funny thing is, we've heard everything from the next Xbox wont have any optical drive, it will, it'll have Blu Ray, it wont have Blu Ray, it'll block used games, it wont block'em, it's always online, it's not.

So we've heard conflicting rumors for over a year now, and most of the rumors are the same ones that dogged Sony last year. If you are an intelligent person, I'm not sure why you'd believe "unnamed sources" or rumors on the internet.

I understand this is N4G, which is pro Sony, so it makes sense the majority here will believe, or wish some of these negative things were true, because they think it will help Sony "win the day!", as if they work for the company or something.

Just remember that Microsoft is a huge corporation and they have to have some focus group or people they talk to, I highly doubt they said "We have almost 80 million Xbox 360's sold, and only 46 million are online, lets not worry about 30+ million customers with the next Xbox eh.".
ichimaru  +   1054d ago
its a real tactic, "defame the subject until they speak their name" bait and trap. if you do this often enough they unintentionally answer your questions
Jek_Porkins  +   1054d ago
Finally someone that understands! It'd be different if every single "leak" were the same, but we've heard so many different supposed "leaks", so I tend to doubt them. It's easy enough to jump on the "always on" bandwagon now and get hits, but unknown sources just don't cut it with me.

Considering Microsoft hasn't even admitted the existence of the next Xbox, I think I'll wait for them to announce the thing before jumping to a conclusion.
black911  +   1054d ago
Maybe it will have 4G built in???
ichimaru  +   1054d ago
the only sensible article in the main page, and I had to stumble on it. why it is hard to simply wait for an official announcement is beyond me. maybe the site is laargly populated by adhd diagnosed children, in which case I apologize. the important thing to remeber is that an always on console does little to benefit ms. they can't captilize on you raised broadband bill, they don't sit in a big room ti watch you play Xbox or scratch your crotch. I know its popular to see them as the villan and I'm nit blind to thierdishonest tactics, but they don't stand anything to gain from this.
Hydralysk  +   1054d ago
Gaming journalists mislabeling rumours as facts to get more hits? I am almost mildly surprised by this revelation.
Roper316  +   1054d ago
as long as games are playable offline if there is a network issue I don't see a problem. If your unable to play SP games because of network issues on either end yours or MS's or your internet goes down from your ISP then that I see as a problem.

So until we know that real answer this topic is pointless & all speculation.
valormeer  +   1054d ago
I was waiting for these to start poppin up, The Xbox White knights are out in force now.
ceedubya9  +   1054d ago
Well sites really have taken the "always online" tag and twisted it into a negative as a console that will block used games and not allow the console to be played offline. In reality, the most recent documentation leak has said nothing about blocking used games nor saying that the console has to be online to operate. Instead they are taking vague information reporting it as the worst possible scenario and not even taking the same effort to look at from a different, more likely scenario: a console that will be able to stay connected while in a low power state.

Anyone that read through the details should have been able to come to that conclusion.
ichimaru  +   1054d ago
clever. but white knight is a sony exclusive isn't it? lol jk
MadMen  +   1054d ago

Is this going to prevent me from playing games that i purchased and physically have in hand, or is this only for Online content

If the first, Game Over Xbox

However its clear we the hardcore who have the most concern with this, may not be their target audience, so the points we all make , may be moot.
MestreRothN4G  +   1054d ago
Pure and simply screwing their fanbase again.

If that's true.
headblackman  +   1054d ago
the main purpose for all of this nonsense is to try to get Microsoft to show their hand by saying what it or what isn't. its about like 3 people in a group and one of them says who farted? what's what should be the other's respond? but here is the kicker, neither one of them farted. it was just a ploy to get one of the other two to argue and fight with one of the other two so the one that started it all can sit back and laugh while two idiots plead their case of innocence over something natural. they media wants Microsoft to give them something to write about so this console war can get started, but Microsoft won't because they have a bigger picture and surprise in mind, come e3. so let them write and let them talk, because there will be a lot of egg on peoples faces when the next Xbox is revealed. there is no power greater than X :-)
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JeffGUNZ  +   1054d ago
I know man, I can't wait to see some of the reactions of some people on this site if the next xbox is opposite of what they thought and is a beast.
xboxtreefitty  +   1054d ago
I know guys it's like people only do things because they get paid... and that's just really sad. (yeah I just got all wayne's world up in here go google it :O)

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