I thought this claim was made, and debunked, some time ago? In any event, I probably won't buy one either way, unless it is simply an amazing device. If it required constantly-on internet, I'd be more likely to stay away.
For lots of people yes, this has been said for a while lots of people game on a budget and may have been saving up for the "NEW" machine but no second hand games is a big fail for one and always on is another not everyone is on line #sortyournapperout Microsoft.
I think it might be useful because i'm getting a bit suspicious at my maid. Now she forced to connect the xbox to play and i can also spy on her via the kinect cam through a computer, cuz she takes a hella lot time to clean my room. I think 50% of the time she listens to my music & dances around, 49% she being lazy and misses the achievements, 1% just standing there.
Lots of people don't have the internet but can maybe buy their family an xbox to play with the whole year. If you don't have any awareness of people in different living situations than your own that's on you.
I guess I would have to understand what they mean by requirement. If you can afford a 720, it seems like you might be able to afford internet. But if it was solely for the purposes of software updates, it might not be critical.
So much of what I do on the 360 is internet based I can't imagine not having a connection.
+Adrian Garvin Yup, I think you are spot on. Don't expect anything to be different from Sony. What I do expect though is that if they do come up with some kind of DRM nonsense, I better see a serious reduction in game prices. Supposedly a bit part of the sticker price is to cover losses due to piracy and used sales. That should no longer be the case.
Its time we consumers stand up to this nonsense about constant internet connections. They tried it with software games and now game consoles. Why should we allow them to dictate how we play and when we play?
This also kills play anywhere and anytime! You always have to be on the look out for an internet connection and then hope it does not have crappy bandwidth.
Sorry. Just unhappy about this new approach by producers and manufacturers. :(
I have a PS3 but before i bought it i bought a Xbox, that when i turn it on for the first time it said it will be required a internet conection so you can use your Xbox, so i had a Xbox for about 2 hours, returned it to store and bought my PS3, and yes i had internet in my house at that time :)
So what about countries in Africa who dont all have internet connections? and the ppl that do, have very small bandwidth caps, which means it would be absolutely pointless owning one in Africa, and u giving up 90% of your african market to Playstation. Well done guys!
+John Langdon I'm right there with you. For years the prices have skyrocket for second hand buying and pirating reasons.... supposedly. We'll see if some sort of DRM nonsense knocks the prices into an acceptable range, but I somehow doubt it. The new excuse is going to be something like, higher quality gaming demands enormous production costs bla bla bla. Greed will drive the price higher yet again I'll bet, no matter what they do about second hand gaming and pirating.