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.

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.

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3246 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

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

But what of their numerous exclusive titles such as "Halo", "Gears of War", or...erm...that one OTHER game I used to play on my Xbox. It's kind of embarrassing really, as it was pretty much the only damned reason I've had my Xbox hooked up the last two years...what the hell was that game called?

...Oh right! Netflix! But that's NOT exclusive you say? Well damn. This just got a lot easier.

dtorres17
dtorres17

Remember when games used to be about the gamer? When games were about the pure enjoyment of having some leisure time. Well thanks to Microsoft, EA and other giants it seems that the investors come first. They hide behind the guise of piracy as the reason to have always on. They hate used game sales and want to thwart that too. Imagine if we applied this logic of being against used sales elsewhere. Like say buying a car, clothes, appliances? If Ford said no way used car sales hurt us because we are not getting double profit from a car we already sold. Thanks Microsoft for killing one of the best console experience out there "if this always on is true".

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

If they drop the price of games to 20$ and XBL free they may succeed.  Otherwise I'll be getting a PS4.  Or stick with my newly bought PC.

pmamba45
pmamba45

Network maintenance downtime that could last for days would be enough for me to get an alternative console instantly. If occurs, surrendering control let alone game rights to MS is asking for increased dlc exploits.

Shiftfallout
Shiftfallout

I kind of hope both Sony and Microsoft require online activation and connection for their games. The reaction would only make the industry better.

1) it would bring awareness as to the fact that used game sales and trades are worse and more damaging than piracy, which is why you get these kind of anti-consumer moves from the publisher.

2) it would set steam and their PC based video game console (steam box) to reach a wider audience while attracting developers that might not want to deal with that crap.

3) It would open up a dialog within and outside the industry as to where we need to go and why all the problems that exist now exist in the first place. Retail game sales are down 22%, thats a big drop.

4) It will drive more people to playing games on the PC, which is not only better but will free them and the developers from those console publishers, causing a lot more competition and competitive pricing to occur. Maybe we might even get some smarter gamers out of it.


djrushhlive
djrushhlive

Hey guys its Eddie MyCACK with breaking news on Microsoft! I guess Apple news is so stale that we are resorting to using rumors as real stories to make money for boxed lunches????

asjflask
asjflask

Let's see...

XBox requiring an internet connection...  PS4 turning down NVIDIA graphics chip for an AMD chipset.  My PC which is built MY way and can handle all these upcoming games...

I think I'll stick with my PC and skip on the next-gen consoles.

soilworker651
soilworker651

Thank you for drastically narrowing down my options, Stalker$oft.

XZeroKPS
XZeroKPS

Here I thought I was going to have to choose which system to buy for next gen. Whew.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

If they want me to not buy an xbox720, thats a great idea.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

good news people we go him

"A call to Microsoft's main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week's events. We haven't been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation" gameinformer

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

It''s funny how now that I no longer have XBL Gold I have even less ads on my dashboard than when I did. It's gonna be hilarious for those who buy the 720 and they are spammed even more by pointless ads and offers. M$ can suck it, I hope their greed is their downfall.

grosgrostas
grosgrostas

No way I will EVER give in and accept these Crazy ``Be are slave `` requirements !

Fuck Micosofft I chose PS4


racerxgundam
racerxgundam

I almost laughed reading this article. I guess microsoft looked at the WiiU and thought to themselves "well we can FAIL harder than that."

Anyone purchasing this brick IF all these rumors are true are tech whores and microsoft kneepad wearing sluts happy to feed the machine their money.

adupuis
adupuis

Online only is dome. sometimes my net goes down many hours. I am not able play games untell my net comes back on.

maitkarro
maitkarro

They are just begging for people to leave for Sony or just plain old ultimate pc.