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."

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1742d ago

It's already be rumored it's not for games so its all good.

SwiderMan1742d ago (Edited 1742d 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.

Queasy1742d 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.

SwiderMan1742d 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?

green1742d 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?

r1sh121742d ago (Edited 1742d 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

headblackman1742d ago (Edited 1742d 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

Zeusprototype1741d 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.

SwiderMan1741d 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.

darthv721741d ago

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-Fin3st1741d ago

Any publicity is good publicity.
Everyone here is talking about it, and they havent actually announced a thing.

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Kenshin_BATT0USAI1742d ago

A rumour about a

AngelicIceDiamond1742d 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?

stage881742d ago

Answer: There are a lot more than 5 reasons

suzanne3n1741d ago

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US8F1742d ago

Meh, everyone is milking the rumor to get more clicks. Just kill the cow already.

GiantFriendlyCrab1742d ago (Edited 1742d ago )

always online is meant for online apps services, and not for single player games, that would have been suicide

SwiderMan1742d 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 :(

TheKayle11742d ago


pls dont approve this bs article..PLS

SwiderMan1742d ago (Edited 1742d 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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JimmyDanger1741d 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 -

MasterCornholio1742d 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 Meerkat1742d ago (Edited 1742d ago )

Microsoft haven't even officially confirmed the 720.

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Lvl_up_gamer1742d 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_Jamal1742d 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.

josephayal1742d ago

I dont have a single problem with Diablo 3, An always online console is always fun

CEOSteveBallmer1742d 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.

josephayal1742d 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

MysticStrummer1742d ago

"%98.6 people have internet connection"

100% of that statistic was pulled out of thin air.

CEOSteveBallmer1742d 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.

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