Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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by Kondor337 on Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:42 UTC
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Even if my internet connection and Microsoft's servers would be 100% reliable, there would still be a privacy concern. Why should Microsoft know how often and for how long I play single-player games at home?

I think Microsoft's idea would even be illegal here in Germany. ยง 28 BDSG (federal data privacy act) says you may only collect data if you have a "legitimate interest" to collect that data and this legitimate interest outweighs the interest of the people affected.

I think the only possible "legitimate interest" that could outweigh the privacy protection of the users would be the prevention of piracy, but as far as I know you cannot play pirated games on an Xbox anyway without modifying it (and in this case you could probably likewise remove the always-on-feature).

Edited 2013-04-05 11:44 UTC

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