How Would PlayStation Fans React To An "Always-On" Console?
This question is interesting because in truth, PlayStation and Xbox fans differ in a number of ways. I'm not saying they're two different species of gamers, but those who are loyal to either side tend to have different views of the industry.
So I'm wondering what the PlayStation followers would think if the PS4 had been an "always-on" system; i.e., it has to be connected to the Internet if you want to play games, even if they're offline adventures. The reason I ask is because according to leaked information concerning the new Xbox (code-named "Durango"), it will indeed be an "always-on" machine and it'll even be equipped with a new high-fidelity Kinect Sensor that will also "be required for the system to operate."
Microsoft is saying this is a way to ensure that "software games are always current," but others are viewing this as a way for the corporation to invade our privacy. It's this part of the leak that hit me right between the eyes:
"Durango would require a permanent internet connection. Yes, if you want to play a single adventure, you would have to be online. Whatever you will play, you must be online. Take the time machine and come back 3 years ago to erase the responsible person."
Honestly, if a video game machine had to be hooked up online just to function, I'd be pissed. If all consoles were like that, I'd probably stop gaming; that's how much I despise the idea. But maybe I'm in the minority on this, so that's why I'm asking...
3/23/2013 10:47:25 AM Ben Dutka