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Submitted by H2OAcidic 1043d ago | opinion piece

Problems With An “Always-On” Next Xbox? #dealwithit

Chris writes:

"There has been a lot of speculation about the next generation of Xbox. The rumored methods that the next Xbox will apply to used games must have Gamestop feeling a bit like Damocles, and has many consumers who are unable (or unwilling) to pay full retail price for games in a state of disappointment and despair. This, while anti-consumer and very frustrating, is at the very least not preventing the console from playing retail purchased content. Now, the all but confirmed mandatory Internet connection for basic console operation? That’s a bit of a different story." (Xbox 360)

Donnieboi  +   1043d ago
I agree with the article. And if M$ goes through with this, then I will deal with it. By getting a ps4.
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Knight_Crawler  +   1043d ago
Hey look another 720 article on N4G!

Its not like we have enough lets approve more -_-

I have had it with all these 720 article on N4G :)
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LOGICWINS  +   1043d ago
I strongly doubt they would actually through with this considering the mess this has caused.
adorie  +   1043d ago
Hashtags meets meme... an awful combination. :(
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1043d ago
-_- This all is creating a huge media hoopla. This sounds to bad/or stupid to be true...but who knows maybe its just a big charade to make MS seem like angels with Halos (pun intended) around their heads when They announce the xbox 720 is not always online.But MS might go ahead with this crazy idea.
LOGICWINS  +   1043d ago
No, I think its merely a strategy to make them look pro consumer in the long run.

At E3, when they announce that you can play offline as well as online, they'll look like champions of the hardcore gamer movement in the eyes of the mass media

..when in actuality they never intended to go through with an "always on Xbox" in the first place. Very clever move.

As in pro-wrestling, your fanbase will hate you before they love you.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1043d ago
Isn't that what I said?
"...maybe its just a big charade so MS will look like angels when they announce the xbox is not always online..."
LOGICWINS  +   1043d ago
Yeah I agreed with you.

EDIT: Whoops srry, that reply was meant for Donnieboi
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JoySticksFTW  +   1043d ago
"maybe its just a big charade to make MS seem like angels with Halos (pun intended) around their heads when They announce the xbox 720 is not always online"

You know, I've heard this theory also. But if this what MS is indeed doing, their thinking is flawed.

Every day MS'silence continues as more and more negative articles make the rounds, is another day for doubt and uncertainty to creep into the hearts of all but the most devout Xbox followers.

Each day that passes without addressing any of these negative rumors, is another day for prospective buyers to investigate alternative systems whether it be PC, Sony, or Nintendo's.

It's the same as the PS3 pre-launch woes. With no rumble, a high price, 2nd job arrogance, and a less than stellar launch line-up, many ps2 gamers began investigating the competition (360 and Wii) which looked good or more fair by comparison. Some eventually got a ps3, but years later. And some (including the media) became bitter and ripped Sony for every misstep that other console systems and games got passes on.

But Sony seemed to learn from past mistakes and came back humble with the PS4 reveal. And now all of that skepticism and media rage seems poised to land on MS, the company that won't tell them anything with an employee that just belittled thousands if not millions of concerned gamers with #dealwithit.

With MS' dwindling exclusives late this gen, their sustained push towards Kinect and the casual crowd, the negative rumors that MS are doing nothing to dispel, Sony's great momentum for PS4, and with the obvious benefits of a PC gaming rig, more and more of MS' user base are beginning to look for that greener grass. Instead of a day 1 purchase of the nextbox for some 360 gamers, it's wait and see or worse... it's them already declaring to move to another system next gen.

They'll snag their casuals. But as far as hardcore gamers go, I feel MS is playing this one all wrong.
denawayne  +   1042d ago
There's no future Xbox buyers BUT the devout fan right now.
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Imalwaysright  +   1043d ago
Oh I'll deal with it alright. If this turns out to be true MS won't be seing my money.
LOGICWINS  +   1043d ago
Calm won't.
greatcrusader44  +   1043d ago
What do they benefit from an always online console? I just don't get it. Who knows the number of problems that could arise from this.

Hell right now I can't make a new Mass Effect 2 game without going offline because it takes me back to the title screen when Im almost done importing because apparently I signed out, and it only stops when I go offline and turn it back on afterwards.

Yeah that's a pretty unique problem but it's a problem nevertheless that could arise next Gen for some other game and then you can't play it. A more common problem would be how SimCity and Diablo 3 were originally handled. There is just too many downsides compared to upsides (I can't even think of any, if there are, comment and enlighten me)
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Mikeyy  +   1043d ago
M$ is butthurt from the rampant piracy on the 360. It looks like once again, consumers will be punished for something they didn't do.
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Mikeyy  +   1039d ago
When you get kicked off GTA5 single player on your 720 when your internet kicks out, you will be the one butthurt.

I'll just keep on playing on my PS4.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1043d ago
I can tell that "Always On" will be in the next Xbox that's fine as long as its not mandatory. I repeat, NOT mandatory.

And if it is mandatory MS will have free online function. And if they don't, then I'm afraid I will pass on the new Xbox until MS gets its act together.

That's if the going gets tough though.
josephayal  +   1043d ago
no problems
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Typical-Guy  +   1043d ago
If this happens then it's the death of MS as a gaming division... I WILL NOT BUY IT. Treat me like a stupid consumer, and I'll look down at you with disgust!
Main_Street_Saint  +   1043d ago
Strange, two people seemingly WILL buy from Microsoft if they are treated like a stupid consumer.
DigitalRaptor  +   1043d ago
Mate, millions of people have bought from Microsoft whilst getting the shaft of $60/year for P2P connectivity and FREE apps.

Stupid/ignorant consumers always prove themselves - none more than Xbox consumers though. Microsoft tried the same thing in the PC crowd a number of years ago, and they were smart and self-respecting enough to say no.
Jek_Porkins  +   1043d ago
Another one of these articles, I think I miss the Vita is dead and Wii U are dead articles.../s

Anyway, these are rumors and unless they come out and announce that the next Xbox forces an always online connection, I am not really going to comment negatively.

Hopefully if they were thinking about doing this, they have enough time to change that, should be simple enough to do if they need to. So if anything I'm a bit glad for all of the internet outrage, Microsoft would have had to pay attention to it all.

Other then that, the rumors have no affect on me or what I'm going to buy.
gamertk421  +   1043d ago
Yesterday someone said there would be multiple articles like this every day until Microsoft has an official reveal. So far spot on.
urwifeminder  +   1043d ago
I shall deal with it by buying one.
ps3_pwns  +   1043d ago
Problems With An “Always-On” Next Xbox?


i will be getting a ps4 and telling my friends to as well. no one is going to be playing an x720. you are gonna behearing krickets on the x720 online because everyone gonna be on the ps4.
level 360  +   1042d ago
"..will only continue for a scant 3 minutes before suspending operation and launching network troubleshooter."

The big problem with this is if it happens quite often, which I believe is going to be a reality then it will surely cause some circuit or worse hardware capacity issues in time.

This could be worse than the "Red ring of death". We could see a lot of next-gen XBox owners/gamers suing for liabilities.
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