Xbox always-online: Maybe it's not so terrible

Chris Morris explains that having a big company like Microsoft step up could make always-online more palatable for next-gen

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PirateThom2482d ago

1. Denial.
2. Anger.
3. Bargaining.
4. Depression.
5. Acceptance. <

We reached stage 5 quickly.

MariaHelFutura2482d ago

Lol yeah. Being ABLE to go offline is a nice option.

JeffGUNZ2482d ago

I think offline will be an option. I believe that the true beauty and beast features will require a connection to the internet, but I don't believe they are not going to allow people to play video games if they don't have an internet connection. I still have not seen any rumors saying the console is inoperable if not connected.

loulou2482d ago

ofcourse it is terrible.... just look at the comments that get on n4g everyday about it.

anyway, some confirmation would actually be better than watching the same fanboys foaming at the mouth about it everyday

xHeavYx2482d ago

"Xbox always-online: Maybe it's not so terrible" Said no one ever!

MariaHelFutura2482d ago

I hope so. But there was one rumor regarding it. That it will allow 3 mins before the system will shutdown. I don't remember where the rumor came from though. Who knows.

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greenpowerz2482d ago (Edited 2482d ago )

I know we see it on n4g everyday, thousands of comments from PS3 fans crying over rumors of something not even announced and will never buy

It's hard to say if PS3 are so obsessed with this because they want to smear and attack the 720 to help with a supposed PS4 victory *or* if they are really worried that "if it's true" knowing developers would naturally support a console that protects their software better resulting in xbox preference.

Both consoles are using similar PC-ish tech so piracy will be an issue. A company that would do this would lose millions of sales at the same time would be a winner with the developers by default.

Of course all the rumors about always being connected could be nothing more than MSFT using this function in dev kits only, to control when and where devs are using the hardware and games as a pre launch security protocol.

It's entertaining to see PS3 fanboys tracking and trolling xbox news with nervous anger and frustration and the game media is eating this up getting hits while they can due to their failing industry

MariaHelFutura2482d ago

I own a 360, depending on whats the story w/ the 720, I'll eventually own that too. Everyone doesn't have a twisted mind, just because you do. I love the Playstation most (for my own reasons), but I generally just enjoy gaming....unlike you.

caseh2482d ago

What makes you think its PS3 fans flapping these rumours about.?

I'm a PS3 fanboy but seriously, all these articles about the Nextbox and ALWAYS-ON are getting ridiculous.

Ron_Danger2482d ago

I believe it was the great philosopher J. Timberlake that once said "what goes around, comes around."

AtomicGerbil2482d ago

I can't help thinking that you would be the first to champion the rumours if they were positive.

VonBraunschweigg2482d ago

Blablabla. Look at it this way, DRM sucks because it's restricting, kinda like why you are down to one bubble - we would DRM you to zero if we could - and the always online thing is a restriction to, especially for you:) I mean where would you be man, nothing to play OR post on N4G. What you're gonna do, write letters?

Dear N4G,

I would like to submit this article I enclosed, sorry for the stain and blablabla...

kenshiro1002482d ago

Do you have an off switch? Just curious.

MikeMyers2482d ago

I own a Xbox 360 as well and if you look through my comments I an not a hater of Microsoft like we see way too often here on N4G. The thing is I don't trust an always online system. I've gone through the Playstation Network hack and issues on Xbox Live as well. I also don't like all of my content locked. The console suppliers have shown they cannot compete with a service like Steam.

You also have to ignore the forum dwellers that the article talks about. You get a lot of very negative people who love to troll online. You also have those that are biased and don't like anything Microsoft does so this just gives them even more fuel.

I just don't see as many upsides as there are downsides to a system that requires an online connection. Sony fans rejected the PSP Go and I imagine Xbox fans are likely to do the same with this. I don't have an issue having my systems connected, they already are. I just don't like the idea of being locked into a service that is already more costly than most others. Microsoft refuses to even offer free online gaming on games we already bought. This seems to me like another step to gouge and control software.

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Ashlen2482d ago (Edited 2482d ago )

Enjoy not having the option to play used games on your DRM box.

JeffGUNZ2482d ago

Can you provide a link where MS confirms that? oh. They haven't announced anything yet.

Mikeyy2482d ago

Jeff is still on stage 1.

Despite the overwhelming coincidences and leak after leak and even the FBI arresting somebody.

After all that you are in denial about everything still.


Hicken2482d ago

They haven't confirmed ANYTHING, but nor have they DENIED ANYTHING, either.

And THAT'S the problem. Rumors run rampant about all sorts of negatives with the next console, and there's NOTHING to counter them. Add to that how Microsoft, even in the gaming arena, has been pushing "multimedia" more than gaming, how they've been pushing casual over core, and it's no surprise that people are making the assumptions they are about the next console.

Is it seriously so hard to get this? Cuz I see you and others speaking like it's just unfathomable. But it's so simple, provided you're being objective.

SpartanQ82482d ago

for me

[email protected] m$ im getting a PS4

bumnut2482d ago (Edited 2482d ago )

Why base your decision on rumours?

Ill boycott the 720 if it is 'always on' but until its confirmed its just another rumour.

nukeitall2482d ago (Edited 2482d ago )

For me:

1. why is every moron on the internet flipping out over literally nothing! Nothing is really known about the next Xbox.
2. repeat from 1. again

Blaze9292482d ago (Edited 2482d ago )

if people REALLY think Microsoft - a COMPUTER company first and foremost - does not know the connectivity infrastructure of the technology WORLD and the people in it, then people are truly more stupid than I thought to think they will release the next xbox and not allow people to play games on it if they're offline or simply, don't have an internet connection.

What sense does that make for ANY business man? That's like setting up a lemonade stand and a 5yr old going, no lemonade for you unless you bring your own cup everytime to drink it. I'm gonna exclude every customer who MAY want some lemonade, by only focusing on those who already have cups...just cause it makes sense to me.

geassdanny2482d ago

Oh you mean the same company that released the Vista OS. The greatest OS ever! Or the Xbox 360 with never failing hardware issue or RROD!

Yeah, MS is a computer company first, doesn't mean that they don't make shit decisions!

VonBraunschweigg2482d ago

Well, if the lemonade is some really great kick-ass lemonade I will walk around with that cup, day one. But there's no news on the lemonade, and this gen the lemo's gone dry.

I can see them push through with this always online thing, but only if they have some really great must-have games to announce this E3. If not, well than they really are that stupid.

Perhaps we all just should accept it, after all we still have our PS4's to game on:)

AridSpider2482d ago

releasing something an OS that wasn't efficient on resources is different from releasing an OS that wouldn't work if you didn't have an internet connection.

I don't even see why you brought Vista into this conversation to be honest...but it's clear you just want to troll or something

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sagapo2482d ago

If I have to be online to play games, I don't want it, plain and simple! I just hope it's a rumour.

urwifeminder2482d ago

Article number wtf on the same subject people will buy what they want as i will with new xbox jumping in and dealing with it.

GrumpyOla2482d ago

I still don't get it. What happens if you are suddenly disconnected from the net while you're on single player? Can you complete your session offline like in Demon Soul's?

MariaHelFutura2482d ago

Rumors are you have 3 mins before the system will shutdown/log off.

VonBraunschweigg2482d ago

With a big blinking counter top right corner, last minute in red, last 10 seconds with a voice going


all the way to Zeroooo...the endboss fades away and it's back to the dash where you will find out the ads still work.

Wizziokid2482d ago

If you are required to have an internet connection to play games then yes, it is terrible.

But we have no idea if these rumors are true so these articles are pointless until this is either confirmed or denied.

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