Friday Flame Wars: Always-Online Xbox — Bad or “Who Cares?”
(Not the actual new Xbox – Ed.)
Microsoft reveals its new Xbox in Redmond, Wash. on May 21st. Until then, the grist mill of internet speculation will turn merrily. The chief controversy in this case? Rumors that an internet connection will be required for the console to function — the kind of “always-on” scheme that makes certain gamers want to scream. Game Front colleague Ross Lincoln is already on record, calling it “an insane idea.” Microsoft employee Adam Orth was recently let go for taking the opposite position, defending the policy in a combative, flippant way.
The specifics of how exactly this always-on scheme will actually work are not yet available, though the story keeps getting confirmed, most recently by Polygon. Still, in the spirit of Friday Flame Wars, we have to ask: how freaked out are you by Microsoft’s plans to include an internet connection requirement? Would it affect your decision to purchase the new console? Is it unfair to people who live in rural areas with inconsistent internet service? Or is it something we should all just get over?