The Next Xbox Can Remain Offline For Only Three Minutes [Rumor]

    April 4, 2013
    Zach Walton
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One of the more persistent rumors about the next Xbox is that it will require an always online Internet connection. New reports seem to suggest that this particular rumor may be fact.

Sources speaking to Kotaku are saying that the next Xbox will require an Internet connection when launching games or apps on the console. It’s similar to systems in place on the PC where games that use Steam or Uplay require an Internet connection to launch.

What’s more worrisome is that the next Xbox will reportedly require an always online Internet connection for the most part. It will be able to handle a dropped connection, but Kotaku’s sources are saying that the next Xbox can only handle a dropped connection for up to three minutes. A prolonged outage, which is a scenario any U.S. ISP subscriber is familiar with, will suspend the game and open a “network troubleshooter.”

Going back to PC games, we’ve seen systems like this implemented in games like Diablo III and, more recently, SimCity. The latter was especially disastrous as the game’s always online requirement prevented many people from being able to play the game they just spent $60 on.

If this is true, Microsoft is making a massive gamble on the next generation of game consoles. For one, the company is assuming that every consumer, or at least those interested in the next Xbox, has a broadband Internet connection. Secondly, it has convince consumers that its always online requirement won’t meet the same fate of its PC predecessors.

Outside of those two areas, the always online requirement could also tie into previous rumors that the next Xbox would use online authentication to prevent used games from playing on a machine. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft took this path as publishers have been trying to eliminate the second-hand market for some time now.

The most interesting part about all of this, however, is that Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation 4 won’t require an Internet connection to play games. If Microsoft does go down this route, Sony has an opening to lambast Microsoft for being anti-consumer.

It’s important to note that all of this is still merely rumor and speculation for now. Microsoft could reveal a console with no online requirements at the event that’s rumored to take place at the end of this month. That being said, the next generation of consoles is going to get really interesting if always online DRM and other methods of combating piracy becomes mainstream.

  • Evan Kelly

    This is really gonna suck for the military when they try to entertain themselves fighting for their country…

    • caucheka

      the only ones itll suck for are those ‘dudebros’ who joined the military because cod is so hardcore.

      • uhleesuh

        Well, when you deploy to SW Asia, the middle east, or some other desert shit hole for 6 months to a year, working 12+ hr days 7 days a week, why don’t you relay your narrow opinion to all the “dudebros” you encounter, then you might see how the little things matter like being able to play video game bc it’s the closest thing to a normal life. The ignorant views of people like you can be so infurating.

      • Wyatt V

        Right, because cod was the only game ever made for Xbox. Oh wait…

  • chickschicka

    12+ hours a day for 7 days a week? how do you have time to play? go to sleep.

  • kingraven

    I hate the idea of the always-on mantra. There’s no good reason for it and it only opens up potential security risks (if someone can hack your Xbox they can gain access to your network remotely, or at least it’s feasible). I think this is just a rumor, perhaps something Microsoft had seriously considered maybe a year ago, but likely went away from. I think they have smart people within the Xbox division and will see the massive negative impact that this rumor has generated and, if the rumor is true, will think twice about the always-on mentality (at the very least, make it an optional feature for social reasons).

    • Stacie Meier

      April 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I think you misunderstood what all-ways online be. It simply means that you cannot play a game offline. Turning and unplugging you xbox will not affect it. When you replug it up it shall still work. Just when you play games shall you have to be online. BTw you should never leave a system online a connection even when you have a PC or system turned off.