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Submitted by Lasombra 359d ago | opinion piece

How an Always-Online Console Will Happen

Rumours and speculation are abound whether or not the new Xbox will always be online. PSU debates why it makes perfect sense for it to be exactly that, and why it doesn't make sense for Sony to follow in Microsoft's footsteps. (Culture, PS4, Xbox One)

SH1ELD  +   359d ago
Connect it to the Ethernet cable before the power cord cable .
Godmars290  +   359d ago
We already have always online consoles, ones which need an internet connection to be fully functional, but its another thing entirely to make no accommodation for when they're offline. To make physical copies of games you buy and even downloaded titles you've supposedly outright bought not work.
GamersRulz  +   359d ago
Which consoles are you talking about? because I don't remember any requiring online to function.
Godmars290  +   359d ago
No offense, but are you dense or just trolling?

All consoles, the Wii, 360 and PS3, have online features. There are games now, physical and DL, which are worthless w/o internet access. But what's going to happen come the next cycle is going to be worse.

And its going to happen on all consoles, even if it'll only be certain games at first.
GamersRulz  +   359d ago
I said there is no consoles that REQUIRE online to FUNCTION, I didn't hook up my PS3 to the internet for almost half of its life, that didn't prevent me from enjoying games at all.
Godmars290  +   359d ago
You still get more out of a connected than unconnected system. Updates patches and DLC even if the last is frequently abused.

Hell, all have been abused. With games often being rushed out so that they need day-one patches.
JackBNimble  +   359d ago
It sounds like you're dense Godmars...

Hell, I don't even need an online connection to play most games on steam or Origin. You sure as hell don't need one with this gen of consoles, and it would be a bad idea if you need one with next gen consoles.

Edit: it's one thing to have online only games, but it's an entirely different thing to have an online only console.
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Jek_Porkins  +   359d ago
The console makers wont force it on us per say, what is going to happen is they might leave it up to developers to implement it if they so choose. Then it'll be up to us the consumers to avoid those games and show developers we aren't buying what they're selling.
KwietStorm  +   359d ago
And we all know how well that always works out.
Mustang300C2012  +   359d ago
But they don't want to here that. Just want to ride on rumors
Godmars290  +   359d ago
The same customers who pre-ordered SimCity, Aliens Colonial Marines and the latest Star Trek and gave those titles millions in sales. Regardless of their actual quality.
StrongMan  +   359d ago
I REFUSE to support an always online console or a console that leaves it up to devs to do this.
maniacmayhem  +   359d ago
Well Sony has already said they would leave it up to devs if they want to implement their own DRM.

Will you not support Sony, Strongman?
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WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   359d ago
I wouldn't support the dev.
kreate  +   359d ago
I dont think thats what strongman means when he's making that comment.

But if anyone want to play the word game, go for it.
Hicken  +   359d ago
The "DRM" in question would be, by all indications, in regards to games with online components. And it would be ONLY an issue of the online portion of a game.

That's different from the image of the "always online" console being spoken of, which would require a constant internet connection even for offline, singleplayer games.

The latter is what StrongMan, obviously, was referring to, while you bring up the former. Not an accurate comparison, but then, you knew that, didn't you?
maniacmayhem  +   359d ago
Hicken's back!

Nice way to defend and spin at the same time Hicken.

Strongman said:
"I REFUSE to support an always online console or a console that leaves it up to devs to do this."

Notice the "OR" in his sentence, and since Sony has already said they will leave it up to the publisher or dev to implement a DRM this means Strongman will not support the Ps4.

We all know what he was trying to imply, the troll that he is.

Funny how you didn't call him out isn't it. Especially since you told me that you go after huge trolls on this site. But I guess it's only for a specific system.

But then again we both knew that right?
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Lvl_up_gamer  +   359d ago
You're gonna hate gaikai then, guess you're skipping on the ps4 then huh?
grayfoxx881  +   359d ago
Always missing the point while you attempt to troll, at least you're consistent at both. You know he's referring to the rumors about games only being playable while being connected to the Internet. Gakai is a service that requires a connection because it's streaming the games to the console. Your comment is not even remotely close to what he is talking about. Just stop.
DigitalRaptor  +   358d ago
LOL.

You: "How come I can't play this game that's live streaming to me through a service that requires Internet technology, without the Internet."

Good grief. Personally, I'm waiting until Gaikai is able to stream game discs to me!:p
ichimaru  +   358d ago
lol Sony said they'd leave it up to,the devs too.going handheld only this gen?
kevinsheeks  +   359d ago
I know exactly how it will go both companies will say no we would never do that to customers -.- then later on in the console life when we have already made our purchases they will slowly bring out new patches with these "features"
OrbitalBT  +   359d ago
I'm not for it but as it stands developers already have online control over their games.
WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   359d ago
Not like it's a big deal... Mostly everyone has their console already plugged up to the net 24/7. Only thing I would care about is if they get rid of offline mode.

Removing the ability to play games offline would be a death blow to their console division simply because it wouldn't fly with a lot of people even if they used the feature or not.

I can already imagine a MEME for it now.

No internet connection?
PAPERWEIGHT

I'm sure the Next xbox will be capable of playing games offline.
greenpowerz  +   359d ago
PSU.com nuff said...
ErzaScarlet  +   359d ago
I thought that this issue has been resolve already.
Droid Control  +   358d ago
So when the 1440 comes out M$ can simply cut off the 720 from their servers and you won't be able to play your games anymore. Great.

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