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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Not anymore a gaming platform
by phoudoin on Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:54 UTC
phoudoin
Member since:
2006-06-09

It's not anymore a console able to run games.
It's a (thick) terminal to a gaming service.
An expensive one, most probably.

The guys behing the servers could then turns your expensive gaming terminal into a useless piece of hardware. Voluntary (planned obsolescence, terms of service unilateral changes) or not (servers's down - hi EA! ;-).

Microsoft don't sale anymore Flight Simulator X, but I still can play it. My son enjoy it!
Why oh why I'll accept to trade this freedom for an overpriced gaming terminal on which I'll have absolutely zero ownership control except to drop it in a trashcan!?

Never.

First, Surface.
Next, locked-in XBox.
Please, Microsoft, don't stop, you're on the good track .

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

planned obsolescence


I think this is precisely what it is.

Every console that is produced and sold today must compete with the ever-growing list of "legacy" consoles that came before it.

The number of good cheap used games out there is ridiculous - and the average person could probably keep themselves busy and entertained for a very long time playing them. I know this, because that's what I do ;)

I am mostly uninterested in social gaming aspects - I don't care much for multiplayer games - I just want something I can sit down and play for an hour or two when I need to wind down. My kids are a little more involved - but I catch them re-playing the old console games all the time anyway.

I'll stick with my garage-sale specials, these new-fangled, crippled game systems just don't interest me.

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