Xbox 720 rumor with new always-on twist

By Alan Ng - Apr 29, 2013

If you have been reading constant Xbox 720 rumors over the last few weeks, you’ll know that the primary topic that a lot of gamers have been discussing is the infamous ‘always-on’ rumor, which could see Microsoft announce their next-generation Xbox console to the world with an mandatory internet connection requirement, even for offline game playing.

We’re also guessing that a lot of you are sick to death of hearing about the always-on rumors for the console, mostly due to the fact that we still don’t know whether it has been officially confirmed as happening or not. Recently, it was suggested that the console wouldn’t have always-on, but a new rumor published by Polygon contradicts this, but with an interesting new twist that hasn’t been highlighted yet.

If their report and their close sources are correct, Microsoft’s Xbox ‘720’ console will come with an always-on requirement, but it will be up to individual publishers to decide whether or not to actually enforce it with their games. We hear how the next console will either have the ability to perform an authentication check across all-games the first time and then allow offline play, or that the system can also into a constant always-on mode that needs a connection to play.

This decision will apparently be made by publishers on a game-by-game basis and it could be the move which provides a positive outcome over the much criticized feature – if indeed true that is. It means that some studios will want that extra protection, whilst others will deem it not necessary.

Microsoft has already commented on the rumors by saying that they have nothing to share other than at their upcoming May 21 Xbox reveal. Read the full story through the link and let us know your thoughts on this new potential outcome.

Does it now change your mind about getting the next Xbox, if publishers can decide themselves about the always-on requirement?

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