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What if Xbox Durango's 'Always On' Features Aren't About Games at All?

Forbes: "The phrase “always connected” conjures up a lot of skepticism in the video game community, especially when it
comes to Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango. It makes people think of SimCity, which is only now regaining its core functionality after a disastrous launch stemming from its need to be “always connected.” It makes people think of the sort of DRM controls that PC gamers have been dealing with for years. It makes people think of used games restrictions and the perils of a spotty internet."

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Good_Guy_Jamal1206d ago

Somebody has been reading VGleaks it seems. All that hoopla and it turns out the always online stuff was never for gaming. Also Xbox Mini is intriguing.

aviator1891206d ago

Something like an 'xbox mini' would definitely be something cool to have. I'm just hoping, if it is real, it won't be pricey. But then again, I don't plan on selling my 360, so I don't believe it'll be an issue for me but day-1 integration into the next xbox (of backwards compatibility) or gradual roll-out would be convenient.

NewMonday1206d ago (Edited 1206d ago )

Xbox Mini is for backwards compatibility

after the new rumors things make more sense now, could it be MS let something leak to stop the negativity?

but with the TV plans exposed with more detail they showed a hand to Sony, the next PS4 and first official Durango events are just weeks away, cant wait to see how this poker game playes out.

Rusty5151206d ago

Sounds like a lot of HOOPLA.

Robochobo1206d ago

And "Always-Online" doesn't?

trenso11206d ago

@robochobo i think he was doing a spongebob reference, well atleast thats what i got from his comment

r211206d ago

Is that a Spongebob reference i read?

Testfire1206d ago

Good Guy Jamal, "Somebody has been reading VGleaks it seems. All that hoopla and it turns out the always online stuff was never for gaming."

EVERYTHING is still a rumor at this point including the RUMOR that the rumor was false. We need to be patient and wait for official MS reveals.

GamersRulz1206d ago

I might be the most pro-Sony gamer you can find in this site, but to be honest I feel ashamed of whats happening in N4G recently. all news must be treated equally, there should be an equal ground field here, I'm really happy about the "offline play" rumor in Durango. not because of MS " I hate MS" but because its a positive news for the industry as a whole. No forced DRM is a positive news for the industry not just MS fans.

I apologize for you Xbox gamers on behalf of my fellow Sony gamers,I feel really sorry of what is happening on N4G atm. I'll spread the good "rumor" as much as I can. we must celebrate this moment together. we still have a lot to argue about in the next 6 years, but for now I really hope this rumor is true.

Septic1206d ago (Edited 1206d ago )

Fair play for being honest I guess. However, this is quite a petty display from the Sony fanboys and purposely trying to 'drown' out any positive rumours regarding the nextbox is pretty pathetic. What excuse will the likes of the notsosilentnegotiator come up with now?

*sigh* Be classy N4G.

Anyway, this rumour makes a lot more sense and I hope it's true. But this is still a rumour so it's prudent to just wait for E3.

B-radical1206d ago

Nice honesty there. It's disgusting that the ps4 fanboys are not letting rumored articles on this site. Funny thing is its from vgleaks playstation fans loved alllll the vgleaks articles before the one they wouldnt let on this site.

Its like they mad

GamersRulz1206d ago

@Septic and B-radical

I'm a mere member in N4G, I can't submit news or even approve them, I would've done anything to get this news to front page, but sadly I can't.

I encourage every N4G member who read this message to try at least to ensure fair play in this site.

as a Sony fan, we have suffered the same situation in 2007-2009 but that doesn't mean we should do the same thing now, Please guys (mods), lets up our game a little and try to make N4G the best place for gaming news (for everyone).

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FrigidDARKNESS1206d ago

Yes...the cheaper xbox lite is the unit that will be always on always connected. Finally the smoke has cleared the air cant wait till may 27 for the unveiling.

Godmars2901206d ago

"but here’s hoping that Microsoft is planning on using those features for entertainment first, and games second."

Its likely going to be ad related data first, entertainment second and gaming third.

Always online is still going to be an issue. Even though its now - still - about privacy rather than game DRM. And again, this applies to Sony as well. Along with any general consumer too ignorant to change any available defaults.

Loki861206d ago

VGleaks has reported that the xbox WILL NOT require online to play offline content and will play used games. Spread the word since this site will not allow that article to be approved.

Godmars2901206d ago

"Spread the word since this site will not allow that article to be approved."

Because a tag hasn't been removed. remove the tag and I'll vote for it.

Robochobo1206d ago (Edited 1206d ago )

I think he's talking about the fact that there're multiple 720 articles on this topic, that are in the failed tab of the pending news section.

Good_Guy_Jamal1206d ago (Edited 1206d ago )

Remove tags huh. . . http://n4g.com/news/failed/... so all these xbox mini and nextbox not requiring online rumors were ALL failed because of tags?

I'm told it's because the head honcho mod does not approve of VGLeaks because they don't have sources. Which makes you wonder how 14 stories from vgleaks slipped through the cracks, especially these ones
http://n4g.com/news/1213397... Durango always online and must install rumor
http://n4g.com/news/1207383... Durango memory rumor
http://n4g.com/news/1183322... Durango CPU rumor

Why not include vgleaks as a no-no in the submission tutorial is what I say. That way there's no confusion. Lastofgen, it truly is suspect. meh -__-

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bomboclaat_gamer1206d ago

haha these people are in complete anti MS mode
they want the xbox to fail so bad

dont cry

MS is not that stupid

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