As far as Xbox 720 rumors go, most projected specs and features are by rights the kind of things we’re already very excited about.
However, there is one particular sticking point that just won’t go away and from whichever side you look at it from, it’s one of the worst, most hideous ideas in the history of console gaming.
Will the Xbox 720 really launch as an always-online console?
What started as a vague rumor is now becoming quite terrifyingly possible, with more experts and analysts by the day jumping on the bandwagon and backing the notion as plausible. The theory is that an always-online Xbox 720 could curb piracy and prevent the trade of used games, adding up to more in the pockets of Microsoft and its partners.
But even taking these points aside, there are still dozens of very valid reasons why the Xbox 720 should not, must not and hopefully will not launch as an always-online console…and here’s three of them:
Poor Internet Speeds
Most take super-fast broadband for granted, but what about the millions that are still forced to cope with 24/7 slower speeds and frequent service brownouts? Technically speaking, an always-online Xbox 720 would immediately alienate a massive market segment as chances as the masses won’t be willing to bump up their connections just for the sake of the new Xbox.
And then comes another biggie that comes in the form of inevitable periodic system and network maintenance from Microsoft. As and when they need to tweak and refine the networks, it won’t be a case of rendering a few features inaccessible for a few hours/days, but rather millions of Xbox 720s outright. Forgivable? Not even a bit!
The PS4 Alternative
Last up, there’s the pretty glaringly obvious point to raise that the PlayStation 4 that’s set to launch around the same time will not be always-online, will need demand an internet connection and will not prevent the use of resale games. As such, the millions not too won over by the above two points will all likelihood flock to the doors of Sony and see Microsoft learning a lesson the hard way.
A lesson we all could have taught them months ago…