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Rumor of Xbox 720 “Always On, Always Connected” Feature is a Reality

March 21, 2013


Edge Online’s insider confirmed after looking over the Durango’s SDK specs that, there will in fact be an always online DRM along with the console. At first I was like, “Well, I’m always on Live when I have my Xbox on,” but if you sit and think about it for a few seconds, this DRM restriction means that whenever there is server maintenance, MS-side, or by your ISP, that it’s very likely you may not even have access to your own games. 

I’m thinking this is going to be a similar situation to Steam, without the great deals, and the Offline Mode compatibility. So, it pretty much blows. It was also confirmed that all Durangos will be equipped with an ‘improved’ Kinect and Blu-Ray Drive. And it’s also stated that all games on Blu-Ray will be installed on the console’s hard drive, and that what I can assume, playing from the disc is not an option and will not be supported. On the flip side however, you can play while it installs. Count that in the Con List for me as well.

Below is a quote from the insider’s discoveries straight from Edge.

“Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use,” the document reads. “The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this “Always On, Always Connected” design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install games.”

  1. March 21, 2013 7:18 am

    Great find, great post, Grymmie! Thanks for the heads-up!

    I truly am at a crossroads with the next gen, though this always on feature isn’t one of the things that has me most hesitant to stick with Microsoft. I would pay cash dollars to have a system for which I didn’t have to spend 5 minutes waiting while it starts up and I never play game when y’all aren’t around to witness my prowess. 😉 Bwahahahahahaha

    E3, and the weeks following to process all that is announced, is really going to clear the air as regards which direction(s) to go next.

    And, watch this:

  2. Average permalink*
    March 21, 2013 10:36 am

    Bad bad bad bad bad.

  3. Blankman permalink*
    March 21, 2013 11:36 am

    Good info, bad news. Big ups for the updated info, Grymmie!

  4. rEDChief55 permalink*
    March 22, 2013 8:47 am

  5. March 25, 2013 12:42 pm

    “I’m thinking this is going to be a similar situation to Steam, without the great deals, and the Offline Mode compatibility. So, it pretty much blows.”

    This. lol. No damn reason to stick with consoles unless you like the exclusives, and from what we know in that area, Playstation is ahead in the game.

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