Would you buy an "always online" game console?
jackson 51 weeks ago
Rumors suggest the next gen XBox will require that it be online at all times to play games. I'm still deciding which of the next gen consoles to get, but where I live it is not uncommon for my internet connection to drop for a few seconds (thanks AT&T). If this causes games to pause (or worse) during single-player gaming, I could easily see the cost of the console purchase being exceeded by the need to purchase new controllers and windows that said controllers gets thrown through. Maybe not really, but I could see this being extremely frustrating. I don't think I would be very good taking (former) Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth's advice to "#dealwithit". Am I an outlier here, the one gamer with an internet connection that isn't perfectly reliable, or would Microsoft and other console manufacturers be shooting themselves in the foot by building "always online" hardware?
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