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Old 6th May 2013, 21:20   #1
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Microsoft tells employees new Xbox won't require constant connection

Microsoft has seemingly confirmed that the new Xbox won't require an always-on Internet connection.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/...n-blu-ray-tv/1
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Old 6th May 2013, 21:27   #2
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Do you not sleep/have time off work?

Also looks like a good move, always online is a pita
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Old 6th May 2013, 21:50   #3
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Meh, not fussed either way. Broadband round here has got to the point where it doesn't bother me anymore, unless on release day you cant turn it on because everyone else is trying to as well surprisingly :P
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If you read the initial document that caused all the fuss it never read like it was going to be "always on" in the sense that it has to be connected to the internet. It actually read more like it would be "always on" in the sense that it will be sat there in a standby mode where it can download updates etc when it's "switched off".
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Old 6th May 2013, 23:59   #5
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"Remember guys, your passwords expire after 30 days and need to meet the required complexity..." <- the email you never see at work.

"Don't forget guys, our always online console should work offline too!" <-supposed memo...
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Even if MS decide to say that you don't need a constant internet connection to use the console it is still up to the game developers, Ubisoft and EA are already moving that way more and more.
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Do you not sleep/have time off work?
I'm guessing not based in the UK... ;-)
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Old 7th May 2013, 11:23   #8
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It might still work in a similar fashion to Steam, with games being locked to your ID on first play, with an internet connection required to activate, which can then operate in an offline mode.
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If you read the initial document that caused all the fuss it never read like it was going to be "always on" in the sense that it has to be connected to the internet. It actually read more like it would be "always on" in the sense that it will be sat there in a standby mode where it can download updates etc when it's "switched off".
That's what switchable power strips are for, let's see it do anything without power

The OFF switch should turn a device off. Not Standby, not sleep, not deep sleep, just off.
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Thats what i think as well Cei, It would give gamers what they want an offline mode but it would also give publishers what they want reducing the 2nd hand games market.

Most EA games require a permanent internet connection to play on console either way if you want the full experience. Ubisoft are heading that direction with some of the features of there games. You can still play all games that EA makes but you lose a few things by not been online. ( Fifa ultimate team for example )
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Do you not sleep/have time off work?

Also looks like a good move, always online is a pita
We are, like inspector Gadget, always on duty.
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Old 8th May 2013, 08:20   #12
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We are, like inspector Gadget, always on duty.
Wowzers! Loved that show.

I too dislike any always online, phone home, or subscription based games/software. Tomorrow, in a month, or in ten years, I want to be able to play the game I spent my money on. Just as I can still play my NES and Megadrive/Genesis games from 20+ years ago. Though I still won't get one it's a good move they changed course.
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