By Vamien McKalin | Apr 18, 2013 09:34 AM EDT
So much is being said about Microsoft making "always online" a necessity for the Xbox 720. While I don't believe the company would go that route right now, if it did, it wouldn't be a problem; well, not to me.
Here's the thing: most gamers have their consoles online on a regular basis. Whenever I turn on my Xbox 360, the first thing it does is hook up with my Wi-Fi and it never goes offline unless it is turned off. It is quite possible many gamers do the same thing with their own consoles. Children nowadays, who are the next generations of gamers, are always online, and they will matter more in the long run compared to the guys who are making a big deal out of something so small.
You might say that if Microsoft makes "always online" mandatory, the company would fail in its plans to make the Xbox 720 the centerpiece of the living room. Well, not quite. As long as the Xbox 720 has great content, people will buy it, it's that simple. Gamers like to say they don't care, that they will never do this and that, but as great content comes around, they change their tune.
For example, have a look at the Xbox 360: this device was a nightmare in the early stages with all the Red Ring of Death problems; however, the console still turned out to be a success. Gamers bought into the Xbox 360 despite knowing of its shortcomings because it had great content. Gamers will do the same again if Microsoft does the unthinkable.
Furthermore, having an "always online" connection could mean good things for Microsoft. You see, it's the best way to fight piracy, take Diablo 3 for example, that's a triple A game that went on to sell over 12 million copies on PC because not a single person managed to rip it apart. Be certain in the belief that all developers want their games to do well, and the best way to ensure success apart from great content, is blocking piracy.
Because of how sensitive the situation is, only a few developers would be brave enough to make their games require an Internet connection. Having an "always online" Xbox 720 would make things easier; plus, Microsoft could earn a lot of exclusive content for aiding the well-being of game developers.
Are you seeing it now? Microsoft could very well pull this off, and we all would have no problem dealing with it, as long as great content is always available. Sure, good ol' Microsoft may not pull such a stunt this time around, but whenever it happens, I'll be embracing "always online" with a massive hug ... and so would you.
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