The Internet in the U.S. isn't built for an "always on" game console

NeoWin - Before we get into this topic, here's a brief qualifier: Microsoft has not yet given an official comment on what they plan to do for their next Xbox game console. This editorial is not assuming that Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360 will in fact need an 'always on" Internet connection to play games or run its apps.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

Tell me about it. I wish they'd just invent a wireless Internet that could cover everyone everywhere. DIDO is supposed to do just that but I'd say its a long ways off. Either way the US infrastructure blows.

-Mezzo-1712d ago

Compared to what i'm living with, you guys should be Extremely happy.

silenius1712d ago

MS has to realise that USA is not the whole world...
And not every country is like them.
They have to offer the same experience no matter where you are in this planet.
That goes to their online service too.
Its not fair for me to pay 40£ annually for a less better service and features than the US Xbox Marketplace. This was one of the things it really piss me off with XBL.

Blaze9291712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

"They 'have' to offer the same experience no matter where you are in this planet.
That goes to their online service too. "

you must be a new gamer or something...

silenius1712d ago

What is your point mate???
You didn't make any?!

JhawkFootball061712d ago

So what would happen if Xbox Live would go down. Nobody would be able to play anything? Microsoft can't predict that it won't. It's too risky, which makes you wonder why even consider it

arjman1711d ago

What Mezzo said, I have a 1.3mbps not- megabytes but bits- connection...I'm screwed. Might as well invest in a 3DS and stick to Pokemon.

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ATi_Elite1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

1. Instead of reading BULLCRAP articles about Being connected to the Internet 24/7, why don't you CONSOLERS ask a group of Gamers who are ALREADY connected to the Internet 24/7/365

2. Oh that Group = PC Gamers connected to STEAM and it's 24/7/365 online DRM, Hell any MMO requires a Internet Connection. 6 million concurrent Steam Gamers have no issues and 70 million League of Legends Gamers have NO issues, etc..

3. "The Internet infrastructure in the U.S. simply can't handle it"----------Now come on this is Just a flat out LIE!!

My company must have like 1 million Computers connected to the Internet 24/7/365 and all runs fine. Now just do the math with all the fortune 500 companies that have a Mega Ton of PC's connected to the Internet 24/7/365.

The U.S. Military has a Bazillion PC's connected to the Internet and it's Military Internet and all runs fine so don't make up some crap about the U.S. Internet Infrastructure not being able to handle maybe 70 million consoles being added to the grid over the next 7 years.

3. Your Cell Phone drops more calls a day than you lose Internet connection a month. I bet you.

4. If you don't have Internet or your Internet sucks well Technology is just passing you by and MS is not marketing to you. Call your local ISP and have them fix the issues with poor service or switch service.

I don't know of too many places with no or horrible Internet and those that I do know of people tend to spend more time outdoors anyway than on a gaming system anyway.

5. This is a drop of water being turned into a Tsunami, 24/7/365 Internet connection is NO BIG DEAL. You consolers are getting all hyped up over NOTHING.

6. instead of COMPLAINING about 24/7/365 online DRM you need to complain about paying $60 a year just to play MP online cause that's the real RIP OFF!

piroh1712d ago

you didn´t read the article do you?

Kur01712d ago

You can play your games offline on Steam...

HammadTheBeast1712d ago

You guys have about a million computers online running fine? Cool. There's about 500 million gamers you missed. And military wtf?! How do you expect the average person to have military grade internet connection? League doesn't have 70 mil players, those are accounts, and nearly everyone who plays has 2-3 alt accounts. And League has major dropouts, disconnects, and lag at times.

wenaldy1712d ago

This is one example of why I hate PC elitist (not PC gamer), cocky n ignorant as ***k!!!

Sucitta1712d ago

not everyone lives in disgusting rat race sloth infested mega metropolis..

also, console gamers enjoy single player campaigns as well as online multiplayer. we do not sit around like the Master Race does, playing the same MMO's, grinding away for Weapons and Armour for 14 hr/s a day online 24/7 365 days a yr, hunched over our computer desks like rabid drooling beasts..

for the most part, console gamers enjoy the real world, as well as the gaming world. we also like to play our games on our time, where we want and when we want. not tied down to a computer desk, hunched over fighting off Carpal Tunnel online 24/7 grinding grinding grinding..

some console gamers have these things called cottages and on rainy days we like to use our consoles at these cottage places. we do not want to set up rural internet at said cottage, just so we can play the witcher 3 alone or halo 7 with friends on the same screen.

ATi_Elite, your missing the whole point.

With Elitism, must always come Ignorance

Grap1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

he isn't PC elitist he don't even know that you can play your steam games on offline. even console gamers know that. he is cocky and ignorant for his stupidity

Baka-akaB1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

You're so caught up in your own dream and drama you fail to grasp some of the most basic point made here .

The internet US infrastructure is hardly great , bare some places .

If anything , as a fellow pc gamer , you damn well know how by designs most mmos of the late 90 till now are built with mediocre to average ping scores and connexion .

Gimmemorebubblez1712d ago

You fail to realize ITS NOT OUR FAULT IF OUR INTERNET IS SLOW! IT COST BILLIONS TO UPGRADE A COUNTRIES INFRASTRUCTURE. Internet in my country is expensive and it will be in most of the faster growing developing economies..

xander707691712d ago

Even if the US infrastructure was perfect, in that there was a perfectly stable broadband connection that never, ever dropped, that was available to every single person alive, it would not change my mind because that's not the point.

The point is, if I purchase a single player game that does not require Internet connection to have an effect on the game, then I shouldn't need to be connected to the internet to play the damn game. Period.

It's BS that I already pay $60 a year just to have gold, but at least gold isn't required to play single player games, and $60 a year is NOTHING compared to paying $30-40 a month for required Internet access! Considering most Internet related activities I do can be done from my 4g phone, I'm considering dropping my Internet service altogether, since I don't play many multiplayer games. But with always online console, dropping my Internet service so I can save on the monthly outrageous costs means NO MORE GAMING. Not even single player, and that is OUTRAGEOUS. It's not necessary, and no gamer should want this, no gamer should be complacent with this.

M-M1712d ago

"The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race"

Laughed, disagreed, then moved on.

Y_51501712d ago

"The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race"
-Every PC Fanboy
Well I laugh like crazy every time I read that. XD

1Victor1712d ago

@ ATi_Elite I lol and stop reading your inept post after a "bazillion PC connected" comeback when you have grown a intelligent conversation.OK I live in NYC and from time to time we get cable/internet outages and they last from 4 or more hours.

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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1712d ago

My 360 has been hooked up to the internet since 2005 straight.

Also, USA is the biggest selling market in the world.

Tainted Gene1712d ago

the U.S. internet infrastructure is the worse... even countries in Africa have better internet and cell phone services.

Like our health care... Americans pay overly high prices for lower quality services (spotty internet and terrible cellphones plans/contracts) when compared to the rest of the world.

Sadly, since alot of us rarely travel out of the country, we typically fail to notice this phenomena.

Great article with a even GREATER point.

kreate1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

China seem to be surpassing the US. Many american corporations are selling/marketing their products to the chinese due to market saturation and extreme decline in buying power of Americans.

Theangrybogan1711d ago

Biggest debt in the world too, you cocky bastards are gonna have to start paying that back one day.

Godmars2901712d ago

Need to first find out if this stupid rumor is true or not. Really can't see how this is just a tactic by MS to create interest in the system.

As for the US infrastructure, blame corruption, lobbying and corporate movement of unregulated capitalism. Otherwise known as greed.

liquidhalos1712d ago

That was an interesting read, thanks.

Eddie201011712d ago

This could be some form of consumer manipulation. We'll (Microsoft) leak information to make people think we are doing always on stuff but when we make the big announcement for the new Xbox we'll tell everyone we listened to there complaints and and will not have the always on DRM. Manipulating the consumer into thinking they have there backs.

I know I'll get a bunch of dislikes but big business is like that and Microsoft is one of the more manipulative companies.

TheSurg1711d ago

Fastest internet is in europe. Even poorer countries got easy access to 100 mbps and now with mobile LTE internet (100mbps) it's really good. Prices are also cheaper than in US.

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MariaHelFutura1712d ago

Do people just forget the rest of planet earth exists?!?

GreenRanger1712d ago

The author can only speak for his own country.

MariaHelFutura1712d ago

I guess so. Usually people in the gaming industry speak for everyone. It through me off. :)

JsonHenry1712d ago

Do people just forget America is one of the largest markets for almost any consumer device? If it fails here it probably means disaster for the company promoting it.

And the author is right. We may have some markets that might be okay with an always connected console. But I know I will not bother buying the Xbox if this is the case. Not because I don't want it. But because I want to be able to use reliably what it is I purchase.

CEOSteveBallmer1712d ago

Asia and Europe is Bigger than america last time I remembered. Because we have larger continents that Supports gaming as their media also. But you are correct its "One" of the biggest

JsonHenry1712d ago

It is "the" largest of the markets on almost all fronts -

Numero uno. For now.

Cocozero1712d ago

This is becoming News 4 720. At this rate MS won't need an ad campaign.

MariaHelFutura1712d ago

Why are so surprised? An employee just came out and basically said "If you don't have the internet, deal with it"" and MS has not shot down his comments in a way that doesn't announce their unannounced system. Like, "we would never do that". If they said that, all this negativity regarding this issue would cease to exist quickly. Thus, constantly having negative articles with some merit to them is not the type of advertisement any company wants, ever. That scenario is is confined to your imagination, like how you think the 360 has sold more than the PS3 this generation... which is simply not true.

stage881712d ago

There's a difference between positive news and negative news. This is doing MS a huge amount of harm.

amiga-man1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

And Sony a huge amount of good, PS4 was already looking a great buy but with the huge negativity surrounding the nextbox the PS4 is looking the better option everyday.

Blaze9291712d ago

you all act like the entire world spends their time on the internet. To the people who really matter and majority of average consumers - the day the next Xbox is revealed will probably be the first time many of them are even hearing about a new xbox coming.

MariaHelFutura1712d ago


My son and his friends at school know all about both systems. Rumors and facts. On the internet news real or fake spreads like wildfire. The "always on" comments by Adam Orth were on the front page of Yahoo.

B1663r1712d ago

No it isn't. This concept is garnering a huge amount of comments from trolls. The vast majority of people in the world dont mind internet connected devices the way you guys do, and this issue will have no affect on them what so ever.

BitbyDeath1712d ago

Is too bad the PS4 isn't yet available everywhere for pre-orders otherwise it'd be going through the roof with everyone switching to it.

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Outside_ofthe_Box1712d ago

News 4 720? What "news" are you referring to? Are you really suggesting these negative RUMORS are a suitable ad campaign replacement for MS?

MasterCornholio1712d ago (Edited 1712d ago )

Why would anyone have an ad campaign that involves negative news about their console?

For example, imagine if Nintendo had an ad that stated that the Wii U will be an inferior console compared to other next gen systems like the PS4 and the 720 imagine how much damage it would cause to Nintendos console.

Seriously whats the point of this?

Jakens1712d ago

They did and they have released said console...

OT: MS better come on stage and address this always on thing first. To a positive point and not a negative one.

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andreasx1712d ago

it's not built like that anywhere

Hellsvacancy1712d ago

Its not going to happen, im well tired of this now