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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silviucc
Member since:
2009-12-05

Before calling me an "MS fanboy" check out my comments on other topics here on OSnews.

While I'm certainly no fan of MS I think I might have stumbled over one of Sony's, else I really can't explain the passion or name calling.

On the issue of being able to install linux on something like the PS3, that was an option a long, long time ago. Sony decided they wouldn't allow it anymore and changed the firmware accordingly (sometime in 2010) . People were left with a choice: upgrade fw to be able tot play new titles on their PS3s or keep the current one that allowed them to install another OS on there.

There was a huge outcry and almost a lawsuit. Judge tossed it out. Google it up.

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Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

On the issue of being able to install linux on something like the PS3, that was an option a long, long time ago. Sony decided they wouldn't allow it anymore and changed the firmware accordingly

A smaller PS3 firmware size, and getting better purchase rates for the Cell did it. It was shitty to consumers, but Sony didn’t remove Linux from your already installed device, they just stopped updating the firmware that had the support.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

but Sony didn’t remove Linux from your already installed device, they just stopped updating the firmware that had the support.


The problem was quite obviously the fact that you couldn't play any newer games that required updated firmware unless you gave up on Linux-support. That was a real dick move considering the fact that many people bought PS3 for BOTH playing games AND for Linux.

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

I think I might have stumbled over one of Sony's

You're lucky ;-)
Sorry if I offended you. It was not my intention.
Why so serious ? :-)

People were left with a choice: upgrade fw to be able tot play new titles on their PS3s or keep the current one that allowed them to install another OS on there.

In a real world everybody is occasionally faced with limited choice. And it is unreasonable to whine about that.

Edited 2013-04-06 13:21 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

In a real world everybody is occasionally faced with limited choice. And it is unreasonable to whine about that.


It is perfectly reasonable when such a choice happen AFTER you've bought the product and the product was sold to you with the premise that you could do both the things, not just one or the other. I mean, just imagine buying a phone, but shortly after you've bought it you're given either the choice between receiving calls or making calls, not both -- would you still say it's unreasonable to whine about it?

The fact of the matter is that such "choices" should be communicated before money has exchanged hands, not after the fact.

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