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[2]: Comment by Chris_G
by Brendan on Sat 6th Apr 2013 02:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Chris_G"
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My children love playing the old video games I saved. Will the next generation of video games be arond long enough for anyone's children be able to play them?

This is a compromise between the amount of profit lost due to bad publicity (e.g. caused by turning the servers off) and the amount of profit gained by forcing people to upgrade their console.

My guess is that "xBox n" will be released, will have teething problems for several months and then will work fine for about 5 years (for people who have always on internet anyway). Then "xBox n+1" will be released and the servers for the older "xBox n" will suddenly become sluggish and unreliable for marketing reasons (with "the servers are being re-purposed for the newer Xbox" used as a barely plausible excuse). Then the servers for the older "xBox n" will just get worse over the next few years, until Microsoft can claim that nobody is using them (because they're so slow and unreliable that everyone had to upgrade their console) and turns them off completely.

Consumers will be annoyed at this, and will say things like "I'll never buy an xBox again"; but people are stupid and they'll buy the "xBox n+1" anyway (and have the same problems when "xBox n+2" is released, and say things like "I'll never buy xBox again" before rushing out and buying "xBox n+3"). After maybe 15 years of this it'll become "industry standard behaviour" and people will stop complaining about being forced to upgrade every 5 years because they've been trained to accept it.

- Brendan

Edited 2013-04-06 02:54 UTC

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