The Next Xbox Will Require an Internet Connection To Start Games, Sources Say

Two Kotaku sources have added more credence to the rumor that the next Xbox, expected to battle the PlayStation 4 in late 2013 or early 2014, will be an always-online system, though it will be able to tolerate dropped connections.

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TrevorPhillips1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

I hope not, don't like the idea of that :/

Playing offline alone has a major aspect to it and having to have internet connection just to start games is obviously not a great idea.

Snookies121599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

Lol, how can people disagree with that? I suppose if you have a wonderful internet connection at all times, you just don't care about it. However, I'm in a situation where my internet connection is NOT stable. Anything that HAS to be online to start or play, I will not buy, period. That's why I didn't pre-order SimCity despite being super excited about the announcement of it. Won't touch that game til/if it goes offline.

TrevorPhillips1599d ago

Lets just hope it's not true bro, I doubt Microsoft would pull off such move :/

thechosenone1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

I have no problem with always on DRM whatsoever and if MS chooses to use it, I'm back them 100%. This is just my opinion of course, it doesn't mean you have to agree with me or anything. Have a good day gents.

Nitrowolf21599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )


I really hope your kidding. This idea is terrible period!
I know MS has better network than Sony, but they have been down before and even for days. No network, no matter how good it is, cannot prevent stuff like that.
Lets not forget people who don't have internet, outages, ect ect.

No connection = no gaming, pretty much you have a useless console on you're hand.

Look at Sim City, just one of the outcome of always online.

I really really really hope this rumor is 100% false. I like taking my console to places also, and I'm sure there are plenty of others who do the same.

Snookies121599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

@thechosenone - Yeah, my point exactly, YOU don't care. A lot of people actually do though, and whether you know it or not, there are still quite a few people around the world who don't have access to an internet connection at all. How do you think they'd feel about this?

Unless of course you're kidding, as Nitrowolf2 stated.

Temporary1599d ago

im pretty certain that if all these things about the next XBox end up being true ... it's safe to say that the people that actually buy it are either diehard brainwashed fanboys, or clueless casual gamers.

vet_medic1598d ago

it's like SimCity..

..what can possibly go wrong

Hercules1891598d ago

Temporary, or maybe we just like Microsofts games, ya thought about that?

Moncole1598d ago

People disagree with it because they are trolls and do it to make you mad. Just ignore it.

DragonKnight1598d ago

As I have said before, I will so say again, there is no such thing as a constantly stable network connection. MS will shoot themselves in the foot if they do this. Especially with countries that just don't have the infrastructure for such a move.

That being said, this is Kotaku and I don't care if they've been right before, I don't trust them.

BlindGuardian1598d ago

aaaaaaaaaaaannnnndddddddd it's gone

MS's street cred, that is

g2gshow1598d ago

because they are retarded some people even kill them self what do you expect from the fool's

KaBaW1598d ago

" Won't touch that game til/if it goes offline." That didn't make sense. :P

Won't touch that game til it goes offline.
Won't touch that game if it goes offline.
So, basically.. you won't touch the game, regardless? ^_^

But, anyway, I agree with you. I have good connection, but still.
I have problems with it; occasional drops and other times no connection.
It would just be stupid for MS to do this, it makes no sense.

thechosenone1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

I said I'd back MS if they chose to use it always on DRM, I never said anything about Sony. And since I don't really like DRM on my system I'll go with Sony and the PS4 for my next-gen gaming needs. Good luck to you MS, I wish you the very best.

BlindGuardian1598d ago

what's with all the comments here that say that we have to wait for MS official word?

rumors about the PS4 turned out to be almost 100% accurate, Eurogamer even mentioned that some devs were told by Sony that they might go with 8gb of ram on the final build and not the 4 on the dev kits

this is a rumor reported by multiple websites for months, MS might change their plan at the last moment and remove it, but now you can pretty certain that it's true

andrewsqual1598d ago

Thank you thechosenone. Why are so many people getting worked up about this?
Just bite the pillow and push that Microsoft Branded Dildo further up your asshole. You took it for years already, what is a little bit more now?

Dee_911598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

@ snookies I said something similar when I heard the concept of live."Pay for online haha yea right, no one will buy that crap"
Well I was proven wrong and ended up buying a 360 despite how insane at the time paying extra for features already on the game sounded ,and im afraid the same will happen here..

But unlike most n4g im just gonna wait til we get full info before I form an opinion.

@ blindguardian
That makes no sense at all.Bottom line its a rumor and to be taken with a grain of salt no matter who the rumor comes from.If you see fault in waiting for official word then you need to be evaluated.

BlindGuardian1598d ago


do you know how reporters that breakout news based on investigation operate? two sources

if two people independently tell you the same piece of information then that information is true, and that's what's happening here

Cryptcuzz1598d ago

So true. My brothers are moving to a new home and its located in a rural area where the major internet providers do not provide service to. (ATT and Comcast)

My older brother is a major Xbox supporter, but I can see if he would not be able to buy the next Xbox on launch and play at least single player games and campaign, he would flip and probably not even get one.

gatormatt801598d ago

Here's a thought... Is it possible that MS may have put this info out in public, about having always on connection, on purpose to see how the public/user base would react to said info?

That-Guy1598d ago

"The Next Xbox Will Require an Internet Connection To Start Games" > N4G says "Hopefully".

thereapersson1598d ago

Most of you can't tell when chosenone is trolling!

Kevin ButIer1598d ago

In emerging markets Xbox dominated because of piracy... Even nowadays is hard to see PS3 piracy.. if this is true... things will change a lot..

CyberCam1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

LOL @ andrewsqual's comment!

+1 bubble up!

I almost pee myself from laughing so hard. Funny, but so true!

The not so funny thing is that I wouldn't put it pass M$ to have always online incorporated in the next xbox.

I mean they got away with charging people to play games online (which I still can't believe to this day), they are certainly arrogant enough to take it a to the next level.

Hellsvacancy1598d ago

Im internet provider is awesome, im on a very stable network, rarely goes offline, so it wont really affect me either, but its a HORRIBLE idea

I moved house last year, whilst my internet was getting transferred to a new address, I was offline for over a month, I catched up on quite afew single player games whilst that was happening

I still dont think MS will do it personally

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sengoku1599d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

i'm sure M$ have will consider this option, for now nothing is sure about the neXtbox but there are so many of these articles going round that this might be true.

sure there will be a backlash towards M$ for doing something like this but they might go ahead with it anyway simply because there whole system might be so kinect2.0 + internet connection depended it's might as well include this DRM feature..

i'm sure hackers will find other ways to get there way, but as always is the case with DRM, the legit users will suffer for it.

AngelicIceDiamond1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

Highly Doubt it, but N4G already has the rumor scale in the green with "hard to tell. In other words they want it to be true.

When will you fanboys learn.

EDIT: I don't approve of this rumor because its stupid. the majority of people aren't ready for a potential "DRM console" its dumb rumor. A rumor that MS could very well be testing, but can't see MS going for that in the final hardware stages.

If that was the case then MS console won't be a real gaming console, at all.

ps3_pwns1598d ago

its true! if it wasnt then M$ would deny it. if someone said i was a woman beater i wouldnt just stay quite i would deny it because its not true and denying things that are not true do not hurt you. MS is like jodi arias.

KaBaW1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

They wouldn't deny it. Because it gives away details one way or the other.
Basically, people would just start making up things to figure it all out.
If they deny it, it's false. If they say nothing, it's true. See how that works?
They don't want to give out details until they are ready, then it'll all be out.
They will acknowledge true claims and deny the claims that turn out false.

Honestly, I think people need to just chill and wait for the announcement.

SilentNegotiator1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

It's in the green because this makes about a hundred sources that have claimed it to be true.

It's the fault of whoever designed the bar that it classifies ranges as "desire" instead of "believability"

MysticStrummer1598d ago

"When will you fanboys learn."

Learn what? Rumors turn out to be true sometimes you know, especially rumors that keep popping up like this one does.

It is funny that the verdict is "Hopefully" though. That should be changed to "Maybe" or something like that.

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nthstew1598d ago

may be one time checking for alegit disc is fine but mandatory for playing games is rubbish Microsoft