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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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by bassbeast on Mon 8th Apr 2013 00:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
bassbeast
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Try coming to the USA some time pal and you'll see what he means. My mom built her place 30 years ago, then the cable was exactly a block and a half away...want to know how far both the cable and DSL are from her house now? A block and a half. My oldest nephew lives with her and is stuck on a VERY iffy WISP because neither cable nor DSL will run the block and a half to hook her up.

Sadly she is FAR from alone here, I spent nearly 2 years in Nashville and where I was at, right in the heart of the city? No high speed. the city I live in now has grown by a good two thirds yet neither the cable nor DSL has moved an inch, this affects the whole market here as one apt building will be double the cost of an identical one across the street, why? Because you can get high speed at the first one and in a college town no high speed means no college as several classes require Internet for part of the course, not to mention for researching papers.

So by making the X720 online only they have pretty much just killed the thing for tens of millions of potential customers who will then go to Sony. This gives NOTHING of value to the consumer, its just to makes the suits and Wall Street happy and the customers will plainly see that and go elsewhere.

If they stick with online only I predict the X720 will be right beside Win 8 and WinRT on the failure list, especially if Sony is smart and doesn't follow suit.

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