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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1037d ago | opinion piece

Always-Online, Would Be A Terrible Business Decision For Microsoft's Next Generation Xbox

Forbes - The next Xbox may have an always-online requirement, according to sources across the internet. These back up earlier leaks that suggest the next-gen video game console will be “Always Online, Always Connected.”

We live in a world of constant internet connection. At least, in the developed world having an internet connection is basically like having heat and electricity and running water. Most people who end up purchasing next-generation video game consoles will have them online all the time. (Xbox One)

lastofgen  +   1037d ago
Knight_Crawler  +   1037d ago
More 720 articles...just what N4G needs.

Well hopefully E3 comes fast as I am sick of all these 720 articles on N4G and these rumors are making people forget that the PS4 needs love too.
indysurfn  +   1037d ago
Consider if Microsoft servers went down no games. Consider if your internet bill was late no games until next pay check. Consider in just your area the internet was down no games(often). Consider if satellite went down during a storm no games. Consider just your cable modem was down when you got home Friday, no replacement until Monday no games.
indysurfn  +   1037d ago
Right now I can use VBA, and Yahoo messenger to record what anyone is doing that is on my yahoo friends list. I can even tell the webcam light to not come on. And record the sound. That is just a single programmer. Now consider Microsoft has this Kinect in the machine that can tract you moving, four different people. What if I DIDN'T want that while I'm not playing video games? What if I actually wanted privacy. Forget conspiracy theory, that would be fact. What if I don't want someone tracking which machine my game is currently in? What if I want to be able to sell my machine in the future? How much control will I have on all the game? Will their be a lot of people that want a machine with a lot of JRPG's and shooters on it for what I want to sell it at? What about all the games attached to it(since Microsoft is not denying even that). In 2005 like fools all those loyal Sony fans brag they WOULD work a extra job, and pay 600-2000 dollars for a PS3, and they got what they asked for! Which is why PS3 got behind in sales and lost the 'war'. Let the X-bot tell Microsoft we will be EX-bots because we are not going to pay a lot for this muffler! Don't be the blind pledger of loyalty. I'm not buying one if this stuff is true.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1037d ago
Stockholders #justdealwithit
Prcko  +   1037d ago
you don't say...
i still hope this isn't true
stage88  +   1037d ago
That gif is actually quite worrying.
Definitely getting PS4 for next gen.
Why o why  +   1037d ago
this is getting too much....lets gets some gaming news approved. we get it. AO is Crap If True....until then......urghhhh
-Mezzo-  +   1037d ago
lets gets some gaming news approved
But this is Xbox720 News, a Next-Gen GAMING Console.
CommonSenseGamer  +   1037d ago
Its an opinion based on rumour. Please explain how this is news.
Why o why  +   1037d ago
nothing against you mezzo...Its just unanimous already. Nobody thinks this is a great idea except the xtreame fanatics and Microsoft IF true.

Its getting to the point where some are spinning this glut of negative press into some don draper'esc masterstroke marketing plan by ms.
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greenpowerz  +   1037d ago
People getting all worked up about this online rumor. If people really had real info on the xbox 720 and this was real there would be other specs and plans leaked that are more important to gamer fans of the xbox and haters.

No one finds it odd the rumors are just about *always being online* but nothing else? This always online rumor conviently picks back up a day after the leaked two GPUs in the 720 LMAO

I'm Glad MSFT won't respond to rumors and speculation. N4G blocks all the good rumors of the 720 and only allows the bad.

Don't respond to me with that *it was a April's Fools Joke* crap. The rumors of the 720 having two GPU/APUs is months old. An insider with info or understood the specs trolled the info, planting it on April first where this rumor could get the most attention to discredit the info.

Media is trying to force MSFT's hand led by the opposition of MSFT and the two GPU news angered a lot of trolls.

All this is about the opposition's fear and the media's exploitation of it.
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Software_Lover  +   1037d ago
This is what I really want to happen, and I'm being serious.

I want Microsoft to show the console, games, and be all spectacular. People are waiting and anticipating "always online" or "blocking used games" to come up. When the presenter says thank you at the end the music starts playing and he walks off the e3 stage not saying a damn thing about it. The lights go out and everyones jaw is on the floor because they didn't say anything regarding the rumors. Then 10 secs later he runs back on stage and the lights come on......

Oh yeah I forgot, no used games will be blocked and you can play games offline, if anyone wanted to know.

then walks back off stage. I would piss my pants.
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IronFistChinMi  +   1037d ago
He has to drop the mic as he exits as well. Lol
indysurfn  +   1037d ago
I agree it is always just about being online. Just like back in 2005 the PS3 news was always about it costing 600plus instead of the traditional $300. There where constant rumors until finally it was by Sony confirmed with bragging! The thing is it is obviously a test market to see the reaction. That is why they retracted the tweets without denying the rumor. MICROSOFT in my opinion just like Sony did in 2005 are testing the reaction! They got many a blind loyal Sony fans that said they where in for a high price and they got what they asked for. And since most did not buy until price drops years later, they missed the chance to win the war. Same will happen if Microsoft fans are just as big a set of douche bags!
DoesUs  +   1036d ago
There's no 2nd GPU.
Software_Lover  +   1037d ago

Can we stop it with the blogs with the same f'n opinionated info on rumors and speculation. Every 3rd thing approved is the same thing just stated in a different way.
gamertk421  +   1037d ago
I agree, however was that supposed to be good or god? Just f'ing with ya a bit.😁
Software_Lover  +   1036d ago
Gamer-40  +   1037d ago
Always-online for new Xbox 100% true.
Blocked used games 100% true.

Ps4 no always online, win.
Ps4 no blocked used games, win.

Yes, terrible business for Microsoft, terrible. Huge fail step, i dont understand:S
Software_Lover  +   1037d ago
The thing about it is, Sony has already "confirmed" that DRM will be integrated next gen by stating it will be up to the devs. So if it is up to the devs, that would mean both platforms would be involved.

Isn't that how it goes? Someone slides by a question and people opinion blog it as fact? Im about to create a blog right now.

Will every game have it, NO. Will some, yep.
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ps3_pwns  +   1037d ago
supporting always online is basically saying you want to be a slave and controlled by a company like a dog. its pretty pathetic if you guys dont bash them to make them change it.
TheFatherofLies  +   1037d ago
Vote with your Wallet
I don't see this as a fatal mistake at launch. People will buy it because they had the last Xbox and so did all their friends. But the -ALWAYS- on requirement will be be a drag chute on any popular momentum the 720 generates. Just as the red ring of death kept millions from buying in, so shall this.
indysurfn  +   1037d ago
At PS3_pwns I think the people disagreeing are just blind loyals (yeah I'm embarrassed). They see your name PS3_pwns and your going to get auto-disagree! Plus your making a point that hurts. At thefatheroflies. I think the ring of death did keep people away even though it had something that made it better to most people. It had a 3 year warranty that even paid shipping both ways! THIS on the other hand cant be made up for! If true it will be the first Microsoft machine I will not have. But like I said In a earlier post I think Microsoft is just test marketing the reaction that is why no denial. If a lot of people say no big deal like they did about PS3 lauching at $600 then Microsoft will be embolden! This rumor has been going on for more than 2 years.
blackout  +   1037d ago
WOW. This is bad, sooooo many of the articles are coming out about this. I the mighty old Microsoft is doing this so what. Just maybe this is a good this for the developers, these are the guys that put their heart and sole in to games and never see full return. You may not like the idea but Sony already said if this is something the devs want to do then they will support it. This is not looking like a one console thing, money makes the world go round and more in the devs pockets it a good thing i feel.
gamertk421  +   1037d ago
It could be genius if the tension and animosity builds and then they say the rumors are untrue at the reveal. The public outcry would immediately be switched to positive news. I guess we'll see.
hard joe  +   1037d ago
they made bad decision before bit still got away with it like xbox live gold
Nafon  +   1036d ago
Is that comma in the title bugging anyone else but me?

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