Thursday, February 07, 2013

Rumor: Next Xbox Will Require Internet To Work

Just read this news today from Edge Online:

Simply put, are they crazy? We don’t even know what their console looks like or what games it has, and this is the best news that they can “leak” out there? It’s not as if they are not making any money from selling games. This just reeks of greed. 

Also, requiring people to be online all the time is ridiculous. Do they at Redmond never lose connectivity every so often? It’s as if Microsoft was Maria Antoinette saying, “Let them eat cake!” They seem so oblivious to the lifestyle of gamers around the world. Players don’t always have internet connection, and sometimes they don’t want to bother setting it up. It’s way too optimistic to expect players to find a way to connect all the time. It’s just anti-consumer. While they have the tech to do this sort of draconian measure, it doesn’t mean that they should implement it.

Does this mean Sony is not going to do this? The original story was that Sony ‘invented’ this technology. So if Microsoft is doing it, Sony MIGHT be doing it later on as well. If Sony does NOT do this, they will be the landslide victor of this upcoming ‘console war’ even before it has started. If Microsoft was smart, and if they still want to do this really stupid business practice, they would do this later in the next generation, maybe in their second or third year. NOT at launch. This is just giving them bad press. It’s not like they don’t have enough bad press already, with the failures of Windows Phone and Windows 8. Microsoft needs a positive story this time. And doing these business moves, while looking more profitable for their stockholders, is not going to be good for them in the long run. 

The only seeming beneficiary of all this is Nintendo. Lucky for gamers, they haven’t discovered DRM yet,…well, sorta. But at least they didn’t put this in their cartridges for 3DS or in their games for Wii or Wii U. This might be the key weakness in both their opponents for them to stay relevant. All they need now are solid games…since they released earlier than Sony or MS, it gives them a small advantage.