I have recently read quite a lot about the rumor that the new Xbox console will require an ‘always-online’ internet connection. The majority of the feedback I have read has been pretty negative to say the least. As the public have not been fully informed of whether this is true or false or even what it would entail, I’m not sure whether the anger is justified quite yet.
What’s interesting is that you haven’t come out with any kind of statement since these rumors. Perhaps you’re looking at a bigger picture and building some hype towards the reveal in June. You might need it as everyone has been singing the praises of the Playstation 4.
I’ve been thinking of the positives and negatives of an ‘always-online’ internet connection, the fact they may be taking the chance on this shows that Microsoft are willing to take risks and really push the ‘next generation’ console. They did the same thing with Xbox Live and it really caught on, in fact it caught on to such an extent that game manufacturers create additional downloadable content for their games now. So if this ‘new’ direction is anything like their previous ones then it could really work out.
The biggest issue that could arise however is if there was an Internet outage…then you wouldn’t be able to play at all! This might also mean people who know their internet is bad will choose to go the Playstation route as a precaution. Maintenance of the system would also mean that once again people will be paying for a service that they cannot use and that’s a lot of unhappy customers.
The possibilities could however be endless, the Xbox could download updates and trials of games you might like overnight, imagine not having to search for your friends online but for them to all be there, or the console starting itself up when your friends come online.
I’m sure there are plenty of people waiting in expectation to see what your latest console has in store for us. You’ll have no doubt seen peoples’ feedback about the always-online, so credit to you for potentially taking a big chance and not rushing a launch to hush spectators.
I for one can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for us.