The lights are on
The "always online" controversy seems to be rolling forward with new comments from a major publisher. In an interview with The Guardian, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat answered a number of questions about preparing for the next generation of consoles.
In responding to questions about hardware that requires a consistent connection to the Internet, Mallat had some surprising things to say. The furor over former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth's statements in response to rumors that the next Xbox would be an "always online" device has barely died down. Now, Ubisoft is lending credence to the speculation.
When asked if we are prepared for this requirement, Mallat stated, "Well, that's a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony! I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices – I would suspect that the audience is ready."
This follows a question in which the interviewer specifically brings up the botched launch of EA's online only SimCity and consumer concerns about a similar necessity for hardware. Mallat replies, "The answer lies in the question – as soon as players don't have to worry, they can only take into account the benefits that those services bring."
Just this weekend, Xbox Live suffered a number of problems that resulted from routine maintenance. Players were unable to sign into their accounts or communicate with friends. Offline play wasn't affected, but should the next Xbox require an active connection, even solo gaming might not be possible in a similar situation.
Whether Mallat's statements are his own or the official stance of the publisher isn't clear. We've reached out to Ubisoft for clarification.
[Source: The Guardian]
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it's clear microsoft is going to make their choice no matter the community response. i suppose at this point the only thing i am curious about is how this plays out after the next gen consoles actually release. i will be really interested in those numbers.
also, i miss the days when things weren't so complicated. after all this hoopla, i decided to buy two NES cartridges last week (rescue rangers and shadowgate). that's more cartridges than i've bought in the last two decades.
He would suspect wrong.
Yes... They will fail as no one in the industry before... Microsoft is gonna stay in the history of gaming as the biggest fail ever... I just hope I'll be wrong...
And the other thing is... that they should do what the customers want and not the other thing around. For the obvious reasons...
They don't respect the public as it is... (not talking about gaming)
So if they implement that strategy in a market where they don't have the upper hand... well everyone will dump them...
But... They are.. a multibillion company bla bla bla... eventualy they may not give a s^iT...
there's always going to be a problem or two with the internet, you can't just make everything "Always on" and hope nothing bad will happen, more glitches, a new breed of hackers that could potentially get into our information.
I have already decided i will not buy an always online system. This weekend brought up more questions. What happens with scheduled maintenance? Is there going to be a dozen tiers of membership per game or per level of "always on"? Bandwidth throttling because its "always on"? Am i required to carry a specific speed of internet?
Yea not me. If it needs to be always online to even work right count me out.
Do people understand that when they rate these articles, they are rating how good it was, not their opinion to the subject? At least I think that's what it's for.
I suspect that you are wrong.
Isn't the biggest issue here options? We're at a point with gaming that we should have options within a game to make our experience as enjoyable as possible encapsulated by what that game encompasses. Give us the option of having a game/console as "always on", do not require it. Unless the whole goal is to alienate a bunch of consumers that have now learned their "lesson" with "always-on".
Doesn't personally bother me either way. My home network hasn't missed a beat in over 6 years.
I would suspect that publishers are ready to admit that Always-Online is a scam for its customers, and completely abandon the concept. All the ones that aren't pathetically stupid, that is.
The thing these guys don't get is that although most people have their console hooked up to the internet, there are times where the internet goes down. To add on if I'm playing on a labtop somewhere I won't be able to get wifi. Futhermore sometimes you have terrible internet. So it's not a question of having the goods, it's how long can your goods stay good for. People shouldn't be penalized when their internet doesn't work.
good point!"I am NOT going to buy a console that REQUIRES always on that I have to PAY for."