The lights are on
As we get closer to the official unveiling of the next Xbox, more talk circulates about the console. A new round of chatter says that an online connection will be required.
Edge says that sources with good knowledge of the upcoming system say that it will require an online connection, but that physical discs for it will still be sold at retail. If this rumor is true, it would certainly jibe with what we've heard developers talk about when characterizing the next-generation of systems: a gaming environment that is "always on."
The article also mentions the system's prohibition of used games, use of Blu-ray discs, and an upgraded Kinect – stuff we've heard before.
If this always-on rumor is true, while annoying and even a barrier to entry for some consumers, it would seem to fit into Microsoft's stated ambition to make its next system streaming/downloadable media focused.
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Paying for online play? I've never had a problem with. Needing the internet to play online? I've never had a problem with. Internet Connection required for me to play a single-player game by myself? Microsoft.. you've lost my interest (if the rumors are actual).
While online gaming is fun to a degree, all-purpose online connection doesn't make any sense. I hope Microsoft really things about this. The BR Display, updated Kinect, possible twist to the controller, 1080 HD, you can add.
That won't fly, what if you are going out of town and you want to bring your system, but you destination don't have internet? Crash and Burn!! I need travel ready hardware, Sorry Microsoft, but I think that Im gonna stick with this generation for a awhile and just keep riding with handheld hardware for the road.
It sucks to suck.
I prefer to see the Next xbox than the next Playstation.
But this online connection sucks, I know people who don't even get online. Plus not everyone in the world has internet at their house, it's more like they have cyber cafes for internet.
If so then i probably wont get it.
I am not an Xbox person but I have read that play station is thinking about doing this too........all I have to say is that if the video games go down this road, then I would quit video gaming all together.
... What if the internet goes down?
such BS...i don't have an XBox but 'always on' to play is ridiculous...
Perfect example of decisions being made by non-gamers. Go ahead, I'll switch consoles faster than you can say "flop".
True or not, this would be a horrible idea.
Man, people are really eager to believe this one.