Xbox 720 requires Internet connection to load games?

Source says all games and apps will be suspended if system goes offline for more than three minutes.

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No console has ever required an Internet connection to function, but that may change.

A new report claims Microsoft's still-unannounced next-generation platform will require an Internet connection to boot up. A source speaking to Kotaku explained that if the system goes offline for more than three minutes, any game or app that is running will be suspended.

"Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used," the source said.

Microsoft's next-generation platform is reportedly going by the name Durango.

"If there isn't a connection, no games or apps can be started," the source added. "If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time--currently three minutes, if I remember correctly--the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started."

This new report tallies with another from February, when a tipster claimed that not only would the Xbox 720 require an Internet connection to function, but that an updated version of Xbox Live will be an "integral" component of Microsoft's new platform. A report from April 2012 claimed the Xbox 720's always-online requirement was an effort to combat piracy.

No mention was made concerning why Microsoft may be electing to mandate an Internet connection with its new platform. Past reports suggest the platform will block second-hand games, though this is not confirmed.

The Xbox 720 will also reportedly require a Kinect unit to function.

Microsoft is rumored to have its next-generation platform on store shelves this holiday season. Though the company has yet to reveal its official plans, Microsoft is rumored to announce the Xbox 720 in May.

Discussion

3329 comments
SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

We all know it's always online as an attempt to stop piracy. But, it it's always online, then why not allow used games? You can just tell if it's a fake by having it checked online.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

The funniest thing about this story is that Microsoft are actually considering it at all, irrelevant of whether it actually happens. I find that frankly astonishing.

02050muh
02050muh

internet to play offline with subscription fees for online multiplayer, narrow range of exclusive genre, easily damage hardware, with expensive essential peripherals. i don't understand why microsoft is still involve in gaming industry

pmamba45
pmamba45

There's rumors on IGN now that it won't be Always-on and that it will be fully BC. For Adam Orth to officially lose his job, I can only assume that MS could be digressing from the idea though it's sensible to wait for MS's May announcement with these now ridiculous conflicting rumors. Always-on and no used games= Deal breaker. 

MS, your sales rely on our reasons we buy your product and not structuring excuses to increase prices.

AkelaLT
AkelaLT

LoL if u gonna need the internet to play with console then in my point of view there is totally no point in buying one, because for that you just buy an PC, because thats best platform to play games online. To me console is the thing that can be taken in places where you cannot have internet like grandmothers village. I'm PC user, but used to have a playstation 10 years ago :). PC is a future believe me

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Hey, do that, Microsoft, but that Xbox Live better be free this time -- and I'm not just talking about the little downloads either, I mean the full experience, of Xbox Live Gold and Silver and all that, like the -- you know -- Playstation 3 did.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Microsoft: "haha.. this is sure to stop pirates now!"

Hacker: "lolz, I'll just crack it like everything else and have everyone kissing my feet once I succeed"

Scene Group: "gunna reverse engineer whatever the hacker does so we can pirate games while legit users cry moar"

bluespire1
bluespire1

One word...one number....PlayStation 4....

darkprince2
darkprince2

I do not support Durango's always-on requirement; I agree that they are making a mistake by doing this and practically handing next-gen victory to Sony. The only thing that justifies always-on is ignorance and greed. How do we know they won't be eavesdropping on us by using the mic and camera to view and hear our responses to certain games? I don't want to become a specimen under Microscope's continuous watchful eye.

macca366
macca366

Might have to part ways with the xbox... Please surprise me

XDark_PhoenixX
XDark_PhoenixX

Damn my internet is down. But it's ok because ill go play some xbox 720 single player games... Wait.....

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

Nothing would get me more angry than asking permission to play a game that I'm supposed to own and then stupid connection will shut down or a stupid server or something else and then the stupid console running for errors just because is screwing with you,and then what?After some months Microsoft CEO bowing themself between Masterfchief and a Gears of War character on an ad announcing a Microsoft live plus useless app or something because is not selling like stupid Nintendo?????What are they thinking?????

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

If this is true, maybe Skynet wants to create its network using the 720. ha!

Surlyhotbot
Surlyhotbot

Always online/kinect requirement is a deal breaker. I bought the original xbox and 360 on their release days, and since have bought 3 more 360s thanks to red ring of death, But this looks like the end of a costly high maintenance relationship. Stupid Xbox team if this is true.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

If this turns out to be true, PS4 for me and only.

Deal with it Microsoft.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

I doubt this rumor is true.  And if it is at this point it will soon be changed due to the backlash.  Though I have a great internet connection at home many places where I visit, like hotels, don't.  Also a big demographic for Microsoft, college kids, live in apartments and dorms that love to throttle connections.  

Until 25mb/s is the minimum speed for everyone I doubt any system will rely heavily on the internet to actually play games. 

phi39582
phi39582

Same freaking posts as always when something concerning DRM occurs.  "I won'y buy" it, or someone trying to make some intelligent sounding statement and using "your for you are", leaving thinking a dummy has written it to start with.......every single person will deviate from their current thinking to whatever technology is provided.  Period, end of discussion.  The only people truly affected are the pirates, was once one myself but changed into a solid consumer for anything that I play.  In any event, every person on this site that states that they will not purchase this console will ultimately do so if they have the money, regardless of DRM.  This is like a circle, same comments, same whiners, ultimately the same consumer when the time comes.

unXpected13
unXpected13

everything is going to be online from now on like people play games on social websites because its easy to store data in a huge storage room and you dont have to worry about your saved data anymore

HDDCrashed
HDDCrashed

I would never buy a system that requires an always-on internet connection. What happens when Microsoft has the same server screw up that EA had with sim city? Cant use your xbox??? Ridiculous.

Deathtorome914
Deathtorome914

If you offer a free online gaming you may just be able to get people to buy a xbox otherwise Good bye Xbox. 

LuIzalot
LuIzalot

I want to see Microsoft crash and Burn. It would be way more fun and interesting then the new Xbox Microsoft is trying to sell us.

00Sypher
00Sypher

will not ever play xbox again, do not make this a requirment! lol.. frack the heck out of that

shimya
shimya

Why don't they hire policemen to stay at our homes and observe the peace while we game. If this is true, I won't buy it. This is getting ridiculous!

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

We made them and they are going to treat us like this ????If they want that much control They can stick up their  ass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reverendyates
reverendyates

I concur, I will not buy it if I need to be online to play. This is like a step backward in technology. It's like Nintendo making a new hand held that has to be plugged in. I guess this is the end of me buying new video game systems. Oh well, it saves me money. Good bye Microsoft.

Shulk2206
Shulk2206

will never buy a console of this type!

dylan35
dylan35

It does kinda freaka me out , since one of the updates my 360 shows nothing if not connected to internet no box art and all the ads they use now make your 360 look like it's dead if not connected

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lmao everyone is soo worried about their internet going down for an "Always On" connection...but in the last couple of days, XBL has been down and not working right (I still can't send messages or invites).  So that means we can't even play a game on the 720 when its MS's fault!!  lol oh the irony...

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

This is not going t happen.  I just wish Microsoft would have made a simple statement.

"any future console that will come out will not be not be always on, we can not comment further." 

But maybe Microsoft wants the attention and wants the big SIGH of releaf.  They may also have some other bad news and by negating this at the right time many people may over look other bad news. 

http://www.vgleaks.com/microsoft-xbox-roadmap-2013/    YES its still a rummer, and still is bad but its more reasonable than always on console, though not by much. 


pmamba45
pmamba45

I think gamers shouldn't get penalized for a system that endorses trading. Once rights to the license is on a product, it's up to the user to do what they want with it.The vender is to blame for the vulnerabilities it comes in without a criteria to promote proper returns. Multiple reselling on a product is just evidence to to it's own flaw until it's counteracted. Reminds me of suicide MW2 javeliners getting banned for finding an exploit where improper patching was at fault :D - crazy

pmamba45
pmamba45

@XDark_PhoenixX If true, I think there'll be less competitive marketable single player games from publishers in favor for more competitive fast tracked forms once they have control of online if we don't make a stand against any would be attempt to box us in online. The future is what we make it to be.

Surlyhotbot
Surlyhotbot

I went with Microsoft then because playstation was being greedy and elitist, dictating to the gamer instead of letting the gamer choose, now they make me pay for gold live while PS offers it free, and now xbox gold live is filled with advertisements that are in my face and slow down my gaming experience. They would be making the same mistake as Sony did back in the day losing a large part of the market if they continue in their arrogant approach to the market. Maybe my next system is the PS4..

MrBunson
MrBunson

@phi39582 
Or some twit that has no idea how or when to use commas.....

kazama99
kazama99

@phi39582 um, and where is your proof of this? Have you magically gone to everyones houses and seen this to be true. I never really liked Xbox nor have I like the xbox360. Why? Because Microsoft is annoying in that they have to have their hand in everything. But even if this were say my childhood favorite company Nintendo, I would avoid it because its 100% madness to say that a person who paid out of their ass several hundred dollars would have to have an internet connection to play it. Quite frankly when my internet goes down or my computer, my backup is my consoles. It is something I can always count on if my internet is down. So...yea it is a big deal and there is BIG principles to this news.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@00Sypher  This is why I don't see the point of contributing to xbox live Gold when all along, it's aim is for a constrained form. Not only will I not buy the next xbox if this happens, but until I see MS changing their approach, i'm not even buying any content on xbox live as it's funding the backbone for Always-on to, in effect, pimp us.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@Gravity_Slave As you say, I hope MS see the irony through market research and preorders to abandon their tenacious plans because technically, if faults occur now, what's it going to be like at higher traffic demands in prime hours?

Surlyhotbot
Surlyhotbot

Also if used games are such a downer to the industry maybe they should wise up on online price points. When I can go to a store and by a new (not used but new) game for $30 and that same game is sold on xbox marketplace for $50 why would I ever buy the digital. It's crazy that even old games are still $20 more expensive for their digital version then in store. Then I can go and sell the in store one saving me more money(though I personally collect) . Make online games cheaper or at least similar price to store/ used games and the problem is solved. Seriously, can't greedy executives see that selling 10 digital games for $20 makes them more money than 2 games in store that sell for more of which the store takes a cut anyway and the chance for resale and less profits, just look at the app market, cheap games sell in the millions to people that might not even like them but they buy them cause they're cheap. Valve understands this and is stealing lots of profits from consoles, as do gamers...Seriously why do we have to adapt because people can't do their jobs.

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

@kazama99 @phi39582 

If M$ only does this, then I think consumers will go to the next available choice. phi39582 is right if both Sony and M$ did this. Consumers are like lemmings. Look at how many fed M$ money despite their RROD fiasco. That company knew their machines were crap before they launched. And look how many lemmings still bought mutliple machines. So, reward shitty company with more sales (in the US at least).

Further, look at the adoption of digital. People are accepting not truly owning their media. No right to sell it, transfer, etc unless you crack the DRM. For convenience, consumers just go for the easy choices... laid out to them by corporations.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@pmamba45 

In the end, they always find a way to justify it and as always, we end up caving in.

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

@Surlyhotbot 

I've been saying this forever. All these losers have to do is lower the price of digital games to cut out the middleman. Make it the same as used and keep up with it. What idiots. It's pretty simple.

Hilux-
Hilux-

@Gravity_Slave @pmamba45 yep, just look at the WiiU, sales suck *** and they still have the most Ridiculous way of reacting to it.

if it has an alway-on, which I think it will not, people will still buy it. fanboy will charge first then the rest will follow. it might not sell as good as if it without an always on, but it will sell.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@Gravity_Slave @pmamba45 I'm sure there are some gamers that want accessible worth keepable (having contributed for years for some) in physical form. though it seems, compared to anything else, MS casts a blind eye to the heart of consumers ethical sense of memorabilia aquirement at a deplorable collected cost if DRM worsens.