Oh haven’t you heard already? All the rumors are swirling still, about the possibility of the next Xbox being a console that will require you to be “Always Online”. So whats the big deal you say? Let me run a few things by you.
- Having an always online connection will prevent seamless purchases of used games that has been statically shown to be worth nearly a billion dollars worldwide.. used game sales are huge, not to mention pass on savings to users. Well forget used games, cause it ain’t gonna happen.
- You know that NES you still have in your closet from 1985? Ya so do I, because I still play mine every week. Isn’t that something? you purchase a product, and if you take care of it, you can still play it 25 plus years later.. With always online incorporated, there will be a day that comes when Microsoft will no longer support your product, just like recently Windows Xp, is no longer supported, imagine if you just couldn’t use it anymore? Oh Xp isn’t supported anymore, so now it just doesn’t log you in.
- All those folks that don’t have the greatest of connections, or perhaps you live outside the range of a high speed connection.. it simply is not possible for you? Tough.. I guess your peaceful life out in the country, will just have to get with the times and move already.
Then there is this prick. Adam Orth “Former” Microsoft Creative Director who made this little gem of a tweet the other week. (sue me I’m not topical).
Wow, how considerate of you Adam. See you later you jackass. He got fired. I’ll give you a moment to shed a tear.
So skip ahead, 8 years from now, there you are just paid off your rumored $600 purchase price for the next Xbox. You turn on your Current generation Xbox, and alas, it doesn’t sign you in. You get a connection error. You immediately check your internet connection, and you can still get online? why not your Xbox. Well of course the internet will be in a frenzy because it will have been released that Microsoft will no longer be supporting it’s current Xbox, and will be focusing all it’s resources into the next Xbox console. What about your games you say? What about all the money you spent on those games that you still want to play? Tough titty son. We will have been warned.
So ultimately if the rumors are true, and all signs are pointing to truthfulness of the next xbox being an Always Online required console. This will mean you are LEASING your next Xbox. You will be signing a contract to lease your Xbox. You will not own any products you purchase for them, because their use will change when Microsoft pulls the plug.
I’m not a fanboy by any means, Fanboyism is just ludicrous. But my first purchase will be a PS4 for the next generation. Microsoft, don’t mess with gamers, it won’t go over well for you. It never does.