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Always On Internet Connection for Xbox 720 Basically Confirmed by MS Exec

Oh boy, Microsoft is on a slippery slope when it comes to next gen. As you’ve heard, there are rumors the MS might require a always on internet connection in order to play games on the Xbox 720. It was just a rumor before, but now a Microsoft creative director has come out and defended always on connection, which had led many to believe the rumors are true.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has tweeted about it to defend the “always online” devices

“Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” Orthsaid on Twitter. “Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit.”

Doesn’t end there either, when people challenge this idea, Orthy tweeted out more.


  • Guess Pachter was right. 720 really will win next gen. Lulz.

    • Furious Francis

      The Xbox 720 will finish dead last. Nobody will support this thing in Japan, and the PS4 will not have the same issues that plagued the PS3 at launch, which lead to the 360 getting a nice lead.

  • RicardJulianti

    For all we know, Microsoft truly is in bed with EA and this is the result of them integrating Origin to some extent. If Nintendo wouldn't let them, why wouldn't they try to do so with another company? Microsoft has a history of moneyhatting studios to gain exclusive stuff after all. With Activision seemingly jumping ship to Sony, MS went to their competitor to keep a "top tier FPS" in their camp. MS will get exclusive/early content that will "draw players to their system" and EA gets server help, DRM to prevent piracy and a buttload of money.

    Admittedly, that is VERY conspiracy theorist-y but it isn't exactly out of the realm of possibility either. Battlefield 4 isn't officially announced for the PS4 even though every other cross-gen title is, so it seems like EA is waiting for MS to give the go-ahead.

    I feel like the silence from MS on the issue is hurting them more than random tweets by an exec. All it takes is a simple "This isn't happening. We have nothing further to announce at this time." to squash the rumors and hate, but instead we'll get the usual "We do not comment on rumors and speculation. Personal opinions of employees etc etc." Why go through the absurd PR talk if it is just easier to say, "Nope."?

    GAF has discovered a response from a confirmed next-gen dev as well, "Given that legally I cannot confirm or deny if this information is true, nor can I comment on rumor or speculation, all I can say is be sure to pay your ISP bills. 😉 " If he was just being facetious, I don't think he would include the bit about confirming or denying things….he could have just said "Guess that means we need to pay our ISP's! :-P" Sarcasm does not exist on the internet unless you make it blatant.

  • Silver

    Exactly! Honestly I liked Sony's older franchise's which they basically ignore now, and as for the exclusive's on the Xbox I like Forza, but Project Cars will be better. So I'm not hurting by just skipping both and going with the Wii U/PC combination, because I prefer Nintendo's exclusives by leaps and bounds.

  • wooferz

    Xbox 720 is shaping up to be a complete joke. The PS4 and Wii U will be in a closevfor 1st and MS will finish last, dead last.

  • Silver

    Ive decided to skip both the Next Xbox, and PS4. It's been confirmed, but ignored by the media. That the PS4 has technology in it to block used games. While it will be based on if the developer wants to or not. I'm not supporting that.

    Next Gen it's Wii U, and I'm building a PC.

    • Furious Francis

      To be honest, I thought about that as well. I need to get a PS4 to run this site though. However, with the rise of PC gaming, people like yourself can just build a kickass PC and get everything the PS4 and Xbox 720 get. And it will be faster framerates and better graphics. Of course you\’ll miss out on the exclusives for each system like Halo, Uncharted, Killzone, but there are so many games on the PC that will be similar to those experiences, you can just get it on PC. The Wii U on the other hand will have a barrage of unique only on Nintendo system games. Like Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, Xenoblade 2, Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, Metroid, F-Zero, Pikmin, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Smash Bros, Donkey Kong, Kirby, and more. The Wii U/PC combination should cover all your needs.

  • AndrewKV

    Guess what, dude? I'm probably about to blow your mind off, but there's a whole lot of people who have internet, but not stable or powerful enough to be connected all the time. I can't get a computer to stay wirelessly connected for more than a few hours, and you expect me to have the console all the time online. Doofus.

  • koopzilla

    "@theonlyalexw Those people should definitely get with the times and get the internet. It’s awesome."
    Guess what? I have an internet connection, and I pay a monthly fee to get it. I have at least 10 devices that use that internet, free of charge. I don't consider it awesome to pay again for that internet just to have a single device hook up to it. Sure it's awesome to Microsoft to have people forced to pay them for their internet again, but I absolutely refuse.

    I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, this new X-Box doesn't interest me in the least. Paying twice for my internet is required, I don't see the hardware being of high quality and expect lot's of broken systems again. Having a camera watch me while I play to ensure I don't have "unauthorized" people playing my games it completely absurd if they go with that. I know it's just a patent and not confirmed to be in the next X-Box, but I think a part of the always online connection is because they want to monitor what you are doing, and they are going to be pushing the Kinect, so it seems very possible. Kinect doesn't even interest me at all, but if it's there to spy on me, the damn thing isn't coming in my house. It seems obvious that Microsoft is only in this for the money. Sure Nintendo is in it for money too, but they seem to get that the industry needs to move forward and evolve to survive. I don't see that in Microsoft, I just see them wanting to squeeze every penny they can from you, and have control of what you do.

    • Furious Francis

      If these turns out to be true, MS will fail hard next gen