Next-gen Xbox requires internet to boot games? Microsoft Creative Director says ‘deal with it’ for always online

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I’m thinking that Microsoft isn’t going to win in the popularity votes if they are going to be moving in this direction. Sources from Kotaku have revealed that the next-gen Xbox, codenamed Durango, won’t allow you to boot a game if you don’t have an internet connection.

“Unless something has changed recently,” one of the sources told Kotaku, “Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used.”

What happens if you don’t have an internet connection?

“If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started,” said the source. “If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time–currently three minutes, if I remember correctly–the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”

Wow, that really sucks. I would understand the need for always online for MMO games, but for single player games, there really isn’t any valid reasons (other than trying to prevent piracy). I don’t need to be constantly updated on scores; I don’t need to be bombarded with online ads on a game’s menu screen.

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that the PlayStation 4 will not require an always-online internet connection to boot games.

“Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don’t want to connect to anyone else, you can do that.”

Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth feels differently about always online. He has tweeted that gamers shouldn’t complain (his Twitter is now private). He compares it to smart phones always being connected and vacuum cleaners needing electricity to work.

Here are some of his tweets:

“Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner.”

“The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone.”

“Sorry for expressing my personal opinion about what I want from the electronic devices I pay for on Twitter. Jesus.”

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I think those are terrible comparisons. For example, I don’t use a vacuum cleaner every day, and if I do use it, I don’t use it for extended hours like I do playing video games. And plus, gaming sessions can last for hours (Online games like StarCraft do last for hours and require online connectivity, but I’m not comparing it to using a vacuum cleaner). As for phone services, you need it to talk to people; you don’t need an always-online connection to play offline games.

He even sent BioWare’s Manheer Heir a picture of Obama with the caption, “Deal with it”.

“”Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always-on’ console”. “Every device is now ‘always-on’. #dealwithit”

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So what are your thoughts on this? Is this a deal-breaker for you if it’s true?

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