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EGM Reader Response: What Are Your Thoughts on the Next Xbox Using Always Online Technology?

Posted on April 6, 2013 AT 08:38am

Question: What Are Your Thoughts on the Next Xbox Using Always On Technology?

There’s been a lot of anger surrounding these rumors about the Next Xbox using always online technology, and comments by Microsoft’s creative director have only fueled that fire. What we want to know is how do you feel about the issue? Is it really that bad? Would it cause you to switch to PlayStation 4 if Microsoft went ahead with it?

Simply let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We will be updating this post throughout the day showcasing the best comments. So, be sure to check back to see if yours has been chosen!

What You Said

Daniel McGiveron: “Don’t care if its always online or not, I’ll still be buying the new Xbox. Never buying a PlayStation again.”

Greg Elve: “I think it’s really dumb. A lot of us can’t regularly get internet, and what if the internet is down? I’d rather not be stopped from playing my single-player games due to someone’s incompetence. The new Xbox is almost like an MMORPG. Fun when you can actually play it, a waste of space when you can’t.”

Austin Ebel: “If xbox does go through with it its clear that it really is no longer about the player but about the money. As long as I have been with xbox it would cause me to turn over my controller and and pick up the PS4.”

Andrew Browning: “I can think of several friends/family who don’t have access to high speed net let alone stable internet due to there location. Always Online while sounds cool on paper in the real world isn’t what gamers want. Have online functionality is a must, have digital services is more or less a must with today’s society with consoles. But requireing me to be online to play games is just wrong on all levels. There are far to many wrongs, and major risks then good. It just seems like you would want to keep it simple, while providing advanced features.”

Andrew J Heraghty: “Like the guy who axed his console said( I forget his name, my bad) To figure out of this would be a positive thing, it needs to past the cost/benefit test. And the cost is too high, with no foreseeable benefit. What do I GAIN from being forced to play online? Nothing. There’s no reason for it other then EA/Microsoft being Idiots about DRM. Sorry guys, this won’t fly, and if it does you’ll hemorrhage money. And rightfully so.”

Adam Ruggieri: “I think it’s a very poor business decision if Microsoft chooses to go that route. What if another hurricane similar to Sandy rolls around the east coast again? It’s a very legitimate issue to lose internet connectivity while still having electricity. My options to play games like Skyrim, Mark of the Ninja, and Dark Souls are now thrown out the window simply because an “always online” option was decided upon. This is coming from somebody who lives in a well populated environment, too. I can only imagine how painful it’d be for more barren areas.”

Lee Howard: “If it is indeed true, I won’t be buying a 720. This is where the gaming community puts its foot down and demands that MS caters to the player, not to their own pockets with online micro-purchasing schemes. Unfortunately I think many people are too ignorant to realize that MS is screwing the community over and people are going to go buy it anyway. To each their own, but it sounds like I’ll be playing a lot of 360 games and breaking out the N64 and Gamecube. Playstation isn’t my thing and I don’t feel like dropping money on a console I don’t like that much. Figure it out Microsoft. Gamers want to own their games when they buy them, not rent them from you online. Gamers want to be able to play games offline still, like consoles have allowed since the very beginning. I’m sure you saw what happened with Diablo 3 and Simcity 5. Don’t be that company.”

Jeff Tarnawsky: “Didn’t the new sim city game explain why we don’t want this “technology?”"

Nathan Ottenson: “I have yet to hear anyone bring up one of the potential positives of an “always online” console. MS is in a prime position to incorporate cloud processing into the infrastructure of their dev kit. This would allow developers to use MS servers so the console and the servers could both do heavy lifting. MS already set the standard with Xbox live utilizing their own servers for all communications (including in game voice chat) and giving developers easy access to these features for them to incorporate into their games. Do not underestimate MSFT, we still know nothing about this console other than a few negative rumors. Their innovation is often underrated.”

Kevin McConnell: “If its true, ill be switching to the PS4. I’m in the military and get deployed to areas with no internet for months at a time so it wont do me a bit of good.”

August Grom: “How many times last year did your internet go out? Not much. I have internet so if they go through with it , it won’t stop me from playing. I have friends who play but have no intention of playing on XBL because of school tuition so now they won’t be able to play period because some exec said ” Make it always Online “. I don’t believe Microsoft would do the opposite of their competitors unless they knew this needs to be done or consumers want it. Which neither of those choices would benefit anyone but publishers which is a very small percentage of games are pirated. If piracy was as high as movies I could understand but one must need a modded or flashed console to play these games. However the losses they would take on their new console plus stock would just drop. Again I seriously doubt they would do this until they knew it was something that needed to be done.”

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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