Always Online Consoles Controversy


Well I must say I’m pretty happy I’ll be able to play Ps4 without having to be always connected to the Internet! The same can’t be said for the next Xbox console, despite haven’t been announced yet, the rumour mill is going crazy with tons of sources saying that the new console from Microsoft will require a constant Internet connection in order to run any game.

Well I’m not one to go out of my way and have an opinion based on rumours but this is something different, something catastrophic to say the least, so I had to come out and write something on the matter, it is driving me insane…

Basically an always online console means you’ve got to have a constant Internet connection if you want to play any sort of game, despite it being single or multiplayer. Now this is a deal breaker for me! If I want to sit comfortably on my couch and play a singleplayer game, I should be able to without worrying about my Internet connection! Some of you might say that it isn’t such a big deal, its just plugging a cable on the back of the console and not having to bother any more, but you would be wrong! Do you really want to face problems like “lag” or “server connection failures” in your singleplayer experiences? Games like Diablo 3 and the recent Simcity tried an always online approach and they failed…miserably… With people not being able to even connect to the game or being disconnected during gameplay, this method has enraged fans and critics alike, and they are planning to expand this method to an entire console? I’ve talked about the problems on their part, what about in your end? In your home? Do you have the needed Internet speed to be able to deal with a console always requiring it? Do you think that with less than 50 Mb or even 100 Mb you’ll have a smooth experience? Think again…

Is the Internet speed in the U.S that fast nowadays? In all the country? I mean rural areas and such, places without fibre optics, is it really that overly developed all around? What about the places in the world with slow connections? They can’t have your new XBox Microsoft? Are you willing to cater to only a selected few with an entire console? I don’t think so…

I really think this won’t happen, despite all the rumours and tweeter posts, I think the new XBox will NOT require a constant Internet connection because then I, as well as thousands of people,would not buy the console not just because of  our Internet speeds, but as a protest against this overly intrusive DRM (beacause this is only a way to try and block out piracy). They want money, to get money they need customers, to get customers they can’t take this approach to the next gen, the math is pretty simple…

Ohhh… And did I mention that having to be always online will block out your used games and/or bind each game to 1 console only? Or maybe make you pay a fee if you buy it used?Oh the joy… Pull you S*** together Microsoft and bring us a great console! Prove me wrong and I’ll be glad to give you my money!!


5 responses to “Always Online Consoles Controversy

  1. Pingback: Always-Online, DMR, and Piracy OH MY! | 薔薇·

  2. People like to act like always online isn’t a problem, saying that everyone has an internet connection, but it’s been repeatedly proven that things just go bad. Buying a game and then not being able to play it because of always-online protection is just really low.

    • It is really low… And we, the paying customers get the worse side of it, completely not fair. And don’t forget your console might just become OBSOLETE when they shut down their servers (eventually they will have to)…

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