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The Huge Problem With An Always-Online Console

Rumors and speculation have been going all around the internet the past few weeks or so about Microsoft creating an always-online console which would the successor to the Xbox 360. Much backlash and criticism of the possible move has been coming out everywhere from gamers, analysts, and even some developers. Us here at Retrospect Realm are going to take a look at all the major and minor problems of an always-online console.

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Gimmemorebubblez1117d ago (Edited 1117d ago )

What on Orth should we do with this guy!

On topic: I think MS may kiss good buy 30%(or more) of their potential user-base if the Next-Xbox is always online.

iGAM3R-VIII1117d ago

LOOOOL

It should be

*At MS HQ*
*MS sees the tweets Adam Orth made*
*MS facial reaction http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/st... *

pete0071117d ago

video game market is on full growth, with massive changes every gen, we cant predict what comes next,my pc is always online, my iPhone also, why not my console if its justified. besides, even if we dont benefit at the beginning, its a long term feature. now is MSFT, next sony will do the same, its a publishers demand an i believe the one who implement it first will have full support due to piracy fight

BitbyDeath1117d ago

Sony isn't doing that -

"Yes you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don't want to connect to anyone else, you can do that." -Shuhei Yoshida

http://www.computerandvideo...

Even Diablo III of all games is supporting an offline mode on the PS4.

brave27heart1116d ago

The thing is if your internet is down your pc or phone still work as pc's or phones. If a games console requires you to be connected to play games and your connection goes down it just becomes a box. Thats the fear.

Nothings confirmed yet but MS have done some serious damage by not coming out and doing something to combat these negative feelings that have been generated. I know they dont want to confirm the console but why not have someone at one of their 1st part studios "accidentally leak" a comment that its not true? Limits the damage Orths done without any official word from Microsoft.

By staying silent they're just adding fuel to the fire.

Kurt Russell1116d ago

My PC and Phone have the option to function offline, rather than becoming useless without.

MasterCornholio1116d ago

Now its Microsofts turn to deal with it.

Motorola RAZR i

josephayal1117d ago

If they do this, I'll protest in the only way I can - with my wallet, I will just buy a competitors console that does not block pre-owned, always online etc

Microsoft, deal with it

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SpinalRemains1381117d ago

Microsoft has always been about giving you the very least while charging you the most they can, when it comes to their gaming division. If true, this new aspect they're instituting is crossing the line.

It's not about how they will hurt their business model at all. It's actually throwing a grenade at what they've worked so hard at creating. I see absolutely no way at all possible, that the system even survives, let alone thrive. This is really a death decision.

ACESupERIC1117d ago

Aways online is only bad if it requires it to play. My ps3, 360,wii, is online the second I turn them on. But to make a game unplayable without a connection is suicide. I don't think any console manufacturer would do that. They're too worried about the sales numbers to alienate that many people.

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