Always Online Xbox 720
Microsoft has yet to deny the rumors that it intends to include an always online requirement that would force gamers to maintain an internet connection to play and use the console. This idea is preposterous and has started a firestorm that has a large portion of Microsoft Xbox fans starting to take a second look at the Sony camp. For this rumor to have even left the Microsoft halls is disturbing in itself.
If Microsoft has indeed lost all better sense and actually intends to implement this "always online" requirement we can expect to have our lives and consoles invaded by digital rights management protocols that will check to see if there is anything installed on our console that Microsoft does not like. DRM worries are actually a more complicated issue with the "Always Online" concept. For a much simpler problem with this idea we just need to consider those who would like to play but are in a location where internet is not available or the internet is not affordable. There are also the facts that service outages would cripple their customers, Diablo 3 is less popular as it could be because of a similar idea, Sony wants nothing to do with such an concept, and the outcry has all been negative.
Microsoft is not considering the wider ramifications of this ridiculous online only idea. They seem to be focused on curtailing revenue losses that stem from used game sales and they may have an overblown idea of how much actual Xbox pirating is really happening. With these misguided ideas as reasons behind wanting an always online console we have to wonder what part of the company did this idea actually come from? Microsoft would be wise to dispel this rumor as soon as possible or they may inadvertently be setting themselves up for failure by delivering a condemned console into a market that has become feed up and moved on.
Written by David Ausberry