Next Xbox to require always on internet connection?
Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:29 PM
And even if the PS4 doesn't utilize this, Sony will eventually.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:07 PM
First of all, it will have built in wifi, and connecting the internet will be completely free (probably still have to pay for live).
Second, the price of games is going to drop over time, just like it does now. These developers arent stupid, they know that some people wont buy until the price reaches $30 or $40, so they will have to drop it at some point to pick up those sales. This move is just about monopolizing those lower priced sales, and is honestly a pretty smart move.
The main people who suffer would be those who buy a game at full price, play it for a few weeks, then sell it. Ideally you could offer some sort of extended rental program with an option to buy, but I doubt they have that set up from the get go
Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:12 PM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:25 AM
Frankly, I just don't like having things dictated to me as a customer. As an end user, I gain nothing from an "always-on" system while the manufacturer gains the ability to constantly mine my data as well as control when, where, and how it can be played. If that's my only option, I won't participate - this crap is fast becoming ridiculous. What's next? Cars with an always-on network signal that can't be re-sold without purchasing a new "license" from the manufacturer? Slippery slope indeed.
Some car companies already do something like that.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:06 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:24 AM
So really there is no reason for consoles to exist, apart from the fact that MS and Sony want more control over the game market (ie they want to dictate the way games are sold). And the reason people go along with it is that for most people, buying and using a game system is easier and more convenient than computer games. So you can bet that MS will make this new feature easy and convenient, because has a vested interest in keeping console gaming alive
Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:28 AM
There's a way to just flash your DVD drive right now and you can game on. You just have to re-flash each patch but no biggie. Buddy of mine plays on live all the time as well as others I know. JTAG is definitely bad though, you'll get the banhammer fast.
My JTAG doesn't even allow for an XBL connection. The guy who I bought it from set it up to not even allow for any connection other than between the console and a computer. I never play online anyway, though, so it hasn't bothered me. I don't see the always on thing being too big an issue for me, though, given I only usually play Madden, NCAA, and NBA 2K every year. I got the JTAG more because it was offered to me cheap and for the customization options it provides:
Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:11 AM
Either way though, both of these systems will be total dogshit. Thank God the video game industry is collapsing.