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Submitted by SwiderMan 1038d ago | opinion piece

5 reasons an always-online Xbox 720 is the worst idea ever

TechRadar: "The new Xbox could include an always-online requirement that would force gamers to maintain a constant internet connection to use all or certain Xbox 720 functions.

However, the overall impression from gamers is that the always-online idea is terrible; there are too many ways in which a connection can go down and the Xbox 720 would turn into a home theater paperweight - more useless than the Wii U right now." (Microsoft, PS4, Xbox One)

The_Infected  +   1038d ago
It's already be rumored it's not for games so its all good.
SwiderMan  +   1038d ago
Why doesn't Microsoft deny it, then?! It can't afford bad press until the May 21 launch event!

Makes me think it's true for games, too.
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Queasy  +   1038d ago
Because Microsoft has a policy of not commenting on ANY rumor about a product before its officially announced. That may not always be the smart decision but it's not an indicator that it the always online requirement is true for games as well.
SwiderMan  +   1038d ago
If it's something that is going to hurt MS's image -- there are tons of tweets of self-described Xbox fans saying that they're willing to "jump ship" -- why wait on THIS one?

Can MS withstand 7 more weeks of doubt?
green  +   1038d ago
@SwiderMan: You can not deny or acknowledge rumors of a product that have not been announced and the public do not know exists. It is good business practice and all companies including Sony do it.

"Can MS withstand 7 more weeks of doubt?"

Absolutely. Why should they be worried about what is behind said now? Why bother yourself about the next six months when they have 6 months after unveiling to hype the product and build the brand.

If Microsoft announces the console in 7 weeks and it is an absolutely amazing console. Do you think those that decided to take the rumor as fact even after realizing that it was false won't bother buying the console?
r1sh12  +   1038d ago
Its true, and its not only MS. Most large tech companies do not comment on rumors.
This is now getting a little out of hand, this many articles on a rumor.
Clearly these sites are desperate for hits.

At least this way, MS' name will be on everyones lips, any publicity is good publicity, especially if nothing has been announced.

FML - these stay at home journalists have an easy job.
Just google it LOOL
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headblackman  +   1038d ago
they will deny it during the e3. Microsoft has always stated that they don't comment on its projects and this rumor is no doubt a Sony trick to get them to speak on their plans in order to get Microsoft to help them with their console and future plans so they can pull the me too act. but they were also banking on them sticking to their traditions with not speaking on their projects for bad press to the ignorant people and PS fanboys to believe (because that's the only ones I hat believe that nonsense) but Microsoft understands that the fake rumors are only helping with the shock and awe for the e3. plus its destracting Sony and Nintendo from its heavy hitting secrets. Sony more so than Nintendo is like an anxious puppy chasing a thrown ball. that ball of fake rumors will keep them occupied enough to believe that they've got this thing sewn up, when in reality, not one dollar has been spent on either console and the public WILL wait to see whats the better system and buy. e3 will say who will get this dollars. not this dumb rumor that no one really has a clue on
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Zeusprototype  +   1037d ago

I dont like to desribe my self as a fanboy but i guess i am, and really if your a diehard fan, you dont jump ship based on rumours those who claim to of done so like many here have are not very mature tbh getting so caught up in rumours.

I dont use N4G persay, i come to this site through my gaming news site of choice but in there n4g news link section for week after week its bin rammed with either 2 topics......"WHY SONY/PS4 HAS ALREADY WON NEXT GEN"

kind of prooves my point.
SwiderMan  +   1037d ago
To everyone who thinks that Microsoft can't deny it because Xbox 720 is unannounced.

How about: "Microsoft is not in the business of making always-online consoles."

There. You haven't announced Xbox 720, but put the terrible rumor to rest. DONE. Only MS hasn't done it.
darthv72  +   1037d ago
"How about: "Microsoft is not in the business of making always-online consoles."
that is not how MS works. They dont comment on rumors nor would they comment on commenting about rumors.

they also, are not sony. they have never announced a product without it being available to display at the same time as the announcement.

Sony may have revealed the existence of the ps4 but they didnt really show the system. only the controller. MS has shown the xbox when they were ready as well as they showed the 360 when they were ready. in both cases they didnt simply announce they were coming out with it. They showed it.

how about we not wory so much about these rumors and just let them do their reveal when they feel good and ready. Bad press doesnt bother them. think about it...they have been dealing with bad press for years when it comes to windows or other projects.

Do you really think this will bother them?
Britainz-Fin3st  +   1037d ago
Any publicity is good publicity.
Everyone here is talking about it, and they havent actually announced a thing.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   1038d ago
A rumour about a
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1037d ago
Its amazing the mods are letting the same sheep cry baby stories get through. Don't these people realize there are better rumors out for this thing?
stage88  +   1037d ago
Answer: There are a lot more than 5 reasons
suzanne3n  +   1037d ago
my neighbor's mother makes $63/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 9 months but last month her payment was $14530 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this site
US8F  +   1038d ago
Meh, everyone is milking the rumor to get more clicks. Just kill the cow already.
GiantFriendlyCrab  +   1038d ago
always online is meant for online apps services, and not for single player games, that would have been suicide
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SwiderMan  +   1038d ago
Tell that to Diablo 3 owners. Just sayin'. I hate it.

Activision Blizzard made it a requirement, as did EA for SimCity. It's the trend, sadly :(
TheKayle1  +   1038d ago

pls dont approve this bs article..PLS
SwiderMan  +   1038d ago
Where was it debunked. I checked. You're wrong.

Please provide a link, and I'll believe that you're not wrong (which you are!)
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JimmyDanger  +   1037d ago
I do believe he means the latest rumours on, the site that leaked the old rumours. - which currently seems to be down - or a recap here -
MasterCornholio  +   1038d ago
Did Microsoft officially confirm that the 720 will not have an always online DRM system?

If not then the rumor hasn't been debunked.

Deal with it

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The Meerkat  +   1038d ago
Microsoft haven't even officially confirmed the 720.

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Lvl_up_gamer  +   1038d ago
How can a rumor be debunked if the system itself has yet to even be announced? The rumor has been debunked before it's even accepted as a rumor.

Did MS officially confirm that the 720 will have an always online DRM system?

If not then the rumor hasn't been debunked.

YOU deal with it.

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Good_Guy_Jamal  +   1038d ago
When a site that was partially responsible for the always online rumors comes out and corrects itself concerning the matter then I'd say it's worth listening to.
Can anyone, anyone at all, tell me why vgleaks was credible when they posted "unsourced" nextbox rumors and specs on 3 occasions but are suddenly no longer credible mien they post this neo rumor correcting themselves? I really would love an explanation because I'm completely baffled.
josephayal  +   1038d ago
I dont have a single problem with Diablo 3, An always online console is always fun
CEOSteveBallmer  +   1038d ago
Not all people are as fortunate as you living with constant High speed internet. 50% of people around the world doesnt have internet access and is going to internet cafe's just to use their facebook and other stuff.
josephayal  +   1038d ago
%98.6 people have internet connection. The worst possible problem for always-on is the company goes bankrupt, and all your games become unplayable. i can't wait for my xbox 720
MysticStrummer  +   1037d ago
"%98.6 people have internet connection"

100% of that statistic was pulled out of thin air.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   1038d ago
98%? Really?? Wow!! Mind Boggling. Where did you get that number?? if 98% of people have internet then how come most people I know still goes to internet cafe? and not everyone has a laptop and PC so how can you access internet?? You have no Idea about the world around you. And tell that to those who live in rural places, in deserts in mountains if they have internet. Reasoning with people like you is reasoning with a wall. Goodluck enjoying your Xbox 720 may it bring you happiness. Well see if you could still play a game if the internet is down.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1038d ago
No,it would be beyond belief for MS to require the console to be always online for gaming.
Likely for all the social aspect stuff, but for gaming.......won't happen.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1037d ago
A man doesn't think they would do this unless they're just focusing on a small number of people playing and making the most off of them as possible. In other words downsizing the xbox division but making it more profitable (if all goes well) in the process. If this does happen then everyone who buys it will have to pay for gold and they'll all be buying stuff online more frequently as a result. Obviously this theory has a lot of holes but it's the only way I can see them going online only, the main problems being that their division is too big for it right now and that they would never give up a huge portion of people that they could make money off of that don't pay for Gold and/or have access to good enough internet.
edic  +   1038d ago
If the rumor proves to be true, I will still buy an "xbox720" just to play their exclusive games(some i would wait for a price drop since you can't trade them anymore) but the rest of the games will be on the PS4.
dcbronco  +   1038d ago
Article number 18 on why always online is a bad idea. We're getting there.
mamotte  +   1038d ago
People is blowing rumours out of control . xBox 720 Reminds me of the old good old friend VHS:

Connect Antena to VHS.
Connect VHS to TV.
Watch TV, and have some optional extra features with the VHS.
Add a little bit of internet to the mix, in the same way digital TV receivers do. It's always online, after all.

That's what I think all Durango will be. Oh, and will play games. Maybe you'll be able to see TV on a small POP window while doing it.

Still will wait for games to come.
Jek_Porkins  +   1038d ago
Why are people still harping on this rumor when there are more recent rumors kind of clearing up the old rumors?

Looks like the Xbox Mini will be always online because it's like a Roku player, someone obvious thought they found something when they came across some document and reported it on before trying to get facts. I remember last year we heard rumors that the next Xbox wouldn't have an optical drive, people freaked out, turns out it was probably just this.

Hopefully the bit of good rumors tides people over til Microsoft decides to show off the goods. Gonna be interesting now that it looks like the 720 will play used games, and not be DRM, and also have a way to be backwards compatible if your really into that.
Hicken  +   1037d ago
Because you can't debunk a rumor with a rumor. Simple as that.

Oh, but since it's a positive rumor, you'll believe it, right? That one HAS to be true, while the rumor that's more negative can't possible be true.
Jek_Porkins  +   1037d ago
No offense because you seem to believe things like the next Xbox will be DRM and not play used games, but an average person would have to be a complete and utter idiot to have ever believed the next Xbox would do either of those things.

Microsoft is a lot of things, but greedy is the main thing, no way in hell would I ever see them concede 30+ million console owners who have a 360 and don't have it hooked up to the internet.

So I never believed that crap in the first place.
aman84r  +   1038d ago
I'll give you one reason.
Its always online.
4logpc  +   1037d ago
So what will people complain about when its confirmed it wont need to be online? just curious.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1037d ago
Same thing we've seen since Kinect came. Too much Kinect focus, not enough exclusives (especially new IP), and too much app focus (as if we can't get them elsewhere). Also the old paying for something that ALL competitors offer free (not just PS but Steam and Nintendo).
MysticStrummer  +   1037d ago
No need to be curious. Making people buy a game and then rent the online part from MS will always be a reason to complain. Who needs new features to complain about when you have that one? That feature is one of the reasons cited by all my friends when they got rid of their 360s, and one of the reasons why they won't consider buying a 720.

Anyway, it's all just rumors at this point. I personally think MS isn't doing themselves any favors by not addressing the rumors in some way, but it's their business. They could deny the rumors without admitting 720 exists, so that reason is invalid.
Pro_TactX  +   1037d ago
"Always online" is certainly an awful idea, but come on, clearly tofu bacon is the worst idea ever.
GDDR6_2014  +   1037d ago
Worst rumor ever
Tzuno  +   1037d ago
I give you one solid fact "i will not buy" if this is true. Others can say and buy whatever they want. I will not contribute to this shit.
Bonerboy  +   1037d ago
"5 reasons why these article are 'F'ing retarded":

1- These are NOT concrete facts yet. What more can be said after this point? Nothing.
2- This "rumour" doesn't mean your xbox will be utterly useless without being "always online" (see #4)
3- All of these pointless articles are the exact same shit over and over again.
4- MS are NOT retards.
5- Gamer fanboys writing and posting this crap ARE retards, so go back to hiding out in your mommy's basement and continue your love affair with Sony's machines. Your pointless speculations and crappy flame-bait articles are boring.

In summation- refer back to #5.
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EffectO  +   1037d ago
Stupid reasons.
1.You don't need fast internet to be always connected to XBL/PSN/Steam.You just need stable connection.

2.So SimCity/Diablo 3 problems have nothing to do with consumer internet connections?EA=stupid?

3.That is not consumer problem.

4.Nothing to do with legit consumers.

5.True but PS4 is not the only competition.

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