The next Xbox is rumored to require an Internet connection at all times; disaster in the making?

We have seen our fair share of next generation game console rumors pop up on the Internet in the last few months. Later in February, it's highly likely that Sony will finally reveal their plans for the next Playstation console. Microsoft has yet to make any official announcements about the next Xbox console, although most believe it will launch this fall.

The latest rumor about the next Xbox comes from the usually reliable Edge website, which today claims, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft will have an 'always on" Internet connection requirement for the console. It adds that games made for the next Xbox may have their own activation code which would eliminate the owner reselling the discs to anyone else, such as retail stores like GameStop who rely heavily on used game sales.

We are not sure if Microsoft has such plans for the next Xbox, but if they do, we think that would be a massive disaster for the company. Having an 'always on' connection for the hardware will mean that owners would not be able to play games if they lived in an area with little to no Internet access. There's also the matter of Internet access being cut off, which means that gamers could not pass the time by play a game on the next Xbox.

As far as the activation code rumor for disc games, this also seems like it would backfire on Microsoft if this is indeed true of the next Xbox. For one thing, it would certainly upset one of their biggest retail outlets, GameStop, which would see their revenues plummet if such a move was made. In an age where the game business is on the decline in retail stores, we don't think Microsoft would bite the hand that feeds it.

Consumers would likely react badly to activation codes as well. They could no longer take a game to a friend's house in order to play it or trade games between each other. Activation codes for each game would mean that they would really be "owned" by the people who bought them.

We have seen these kinds of tactics before. At one point, Ubisoft required that their PC games have an "always on" connection, even when gamers were in the single player campaign. The reaction to such a plan was highly negative and in 2012, Ubisoft revealed that it changed their minds.

That's exactly what we think Microsoft will do if they really do decide to have these two oppressive features for their next Xbox. The backlash from gamers will be so great that Microsoft would have no choice. In fact, we think that if such a plan is in the works, the rumors would cause so much negative feedback that Microsoft might go ahead and eliminate the features before the next Xbox is officially announced. At least, that's what we hope will happen.

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It's not like we don't already have something like this in place. If you want to use any DLC, it's tied to your XBOX.

As to the always on requirement, I refuse believe. That makes no sense at all. I say these rumors are maybe partially based in truth but blown out of proportion.

Regardless, either way I'm not buying the next gen unless it's moddable anyhow. All these companies can take their "walled gardens" and put them where the sun doesn't shine.

What a STUPID idea. So if I have an Internet outage in my area for whatever reason, I wouldn't be able to play the console?

People will mod the s* out of such console. And I would gladly join in.

Firstly, original Xbox requires broadband so that's where we are at this moment. Even PC don't even have modem anymore. Someone has to take the first step.

secondly, this could be politic from the games developer that strong arm MS or even Sony that if these constant internet is not implemented, no games will be developed.

That's when we start crying why such and such console has no game.

sigh....

The current Xbox has a 'full time' internet connection requirement to make use of all the advertised features/services.

Is it possible this 'source' is just a bit confused or over reaching with speculation of how Microsoft is defining 'full time' differently from the current Xbox?

*stupid crap - cough*

It'll be a terrible idea and I for one will not buy it if it does indeed happen...SimCity Beta was a no go on launch due to the same requirement. The game was downloaded and ready to go but we couldn't play due to server issues/demand at the time. I'm a huge fan of SimCity and I refuse to buy the newest one based on the same concept.

cant wait for the day xbox "requires" a monthly subscription... aka XBOX Live subscription just to turn the system on...

I wouldn't be surprised. And since we're on the subject, why not make that nobody owns a console, but the license to use it?

Can't wait to see this blowing up on the faces of any executive responsible for adopting such models (i.e.: always on internet connection) -- if ever.

Not sure why companies can not learn the simple facts of economics and consumer mindsets.

Increase profits by making your product more affordable and more available.
Ruin profits (and reputation) being a bunch of douchebags by creating barriers for your customers (always on internet) and walling off your games (DRM/activation/no resale).

I quite agree. The used games market in my mind has increased the likelihood that people will buy the system. If you block used games, then the people who can't afford the games when new will not buy the system. I know we didn't always have used games, but I'm able to play more games because I can get some used. It maintains my interest in the system even if I don't always buy brand new. Microsoft might think they are losing money, but since I never would have bought new, they lost nothing. I'm still a customer. If you limit it, a console is so expensive there is nor reason to buy it, I'll stick with the older console.

The core of the problem is how companies, particularly public trading companies, think. Many would argue that the sole objective of a business is to maximise the shareholder's wealth. In principle it seems fair. But in practice this means that for a company to be successful, it must show a significant increase in the profits (way over inflation or the net present value of money) for a given period over the years. For instance, if a company had a net profit of 50 million in Q1/2011 and then 'only' 30 million in Q2/2012, that is considered bad in the eyes of shareholders. So the companies will try to milk their customer-base as much as they can. And this new gimmick of not allowing used games is a bigger threat than piracy for such business model.

For example, if 5% of the next Call of Duty game was pirated (which is quite a low number), and Activision did 45M in Q4/2012 but then did 20M in Q4/2013, they would be screaming to all corners of the earth that this is all because of piracy.

PS: No, I am not condoning piracy. But Activision might as well blame the pro-choice people for their bad quarter.

pmdci said,
The core of the problem is how companies, particularly public trading companies, think. Many would argue that the sole objective of a business is to maximise the shareholder's wealth. In principle it seems fair. But in practice this means that for a company to be successful, it must show a significant increase in the profits (way over inflation or the net present value of money) for a given period over the years. For instance, if a company had a net profit of 50 million in Q1/2011 and then 'only' 30 million in Q2/2012, that is considered bad in the eyes of shareholders. So the companies will try to milk their customer-base as much as they can. And this new gimmick of not allowing used games is a bigger threat than piracy for such business model.

For example, if 5% of the next Call of Duty game was pirated (which is quite a low number), and Activision did 45M in Q4/2012 but then did 20M in Q4/2013, they would be screaming to all corners of the earth that this is all because of piracy.

PS: No, I am not condoning piracy. But Activision might as well blame the pro-choice people for their bad quarter.

I understand and agree...it's why I tend to be a "co-operatives" man when it comes to thinking about the economy.

Amen! Have your ever heard of a movie called The Corporation? Highly recommended. Ah, did I mention it is Canadian?

pmdci said,
Amen! Have your ever heard of a movie called The Corporation? Highly recommended. Ah, did I mention it is Canadian?

Yep seen it

if it does have PVR/IPTV features, wouldn't that require an "always on" connection. Just as in the UK BTs IPTV stuff needs an always on connection to download stuff for you in the background sheesh

Lets be honest here, if you can afford £199 for the console and £49.99 per game, you are already gonna have an "always on" connection via your dsl router/cable supplier etc.

Cant be too many who are still tight enough to be using a usb modem for DSL
I relaise some may be alientated for not having a net connection at all/dial up but seriously is it a majority of their customer base/future customers.........err no

rumour/storm in a teacup

EA is about to do the same thing with the next SimCity, needing Internet connection at all time during game play. Guess they never learn...

deadonthefloor said,
I'm really happy to see all of the people eager to leave the xbl platform over a rumour.

why wait, leave now.

I'm happy to see it also, because if the rumour is something MS is taking into consideration, then yes, it's good people are showing them how bad of a move it would be for them to do it. The more the better.

Hasn't this topic been discussed many times when the rumor first hit months ago, or am I confusing this with the "no second hand games" thing?

Regardless, I personally don't care; consoles are trash compared to PCs. The only reason I'd ever get one is for exclusives, which I'm dying to play, but I still haven't bought anything after the PS2 yet. Still can't justify spending the money, especially without backwards compatibility.

This is being misunderstood, again.

Take for example Windows 8, it was supposed to "always" need an Internet connection for it to work.

Many know that this is not true and you can have it 100% offline (except for activation) through a local account.

Since the next Xbox will be tied up with Windows 8, I don't see this happening.

As xbox user i have decided not to buy their new console. Main reason is that they demand gold-membership for everything. Even for video software where they provide nothing but platform. Imagine if everyone would do that..

deadonthefloor said,

That would be grand!
Then the other companies would have funds to reinvest into their networks.

Right, all those funds from all those people that didn't even buy the console
If it's true, it's pretty shortsighted, not taking into account all factors, MS has made some pretty stupid moves lately, but I don't really see this being one of them.

deadonthefloor said,

That would be grand!
Then the other companies would have funds to reinvest into their networks.

What network Microsoft offers when i watch Netflix for example? They offer nothing and still demand a pay. That's just wrong.

And by others, i meant that imagine your computer would demand monthly payment just to run internet browser.

I can see this being true.

as I've said already, this happens on the 360 today.

It would certainly limit the number of consoles they'll be able to sell, as many of you don't seem to like being always on.

I am never offline. doesn't change my usage patterns one bit.
I will buy in.

This sounds like a false rumor. If not, MS is going to have a lot of trouble in the EU, as they have guaranteed the right for resale of goods. The EU has even added that digital downloads should honour the resale of goods (although online distributors have a long deadline to implement the solutions).

It's not even a case of 'oh some people like in 3rd word countries don't have the internet'

it's an absolute inconvenience for the average user..

1. internet goes down from time to time.
2. if your cut off forget/cant pay the bill, this also makes your xbox useless?
3. recently i moved house and was without internet for a few days, XBOX fits in perfect here to pass some time without being connected/having cable tv or w/e.
4. some parents may limit children's internet usage, such as daily restrictions

there are plenty more real life scenario's before you even think about the people who don't have net access all together, this is stupid.

The always on aspect I think willbe annoying in most cases, not a deal breaker. Most people have internet most of the time. There are generalities in that statement but I think on average our internet is up for most people 90%+ of the time. You could also make the arguement that what if I lose power? Why does it have no battery? I see no issue here honestly.

I have no issue at all with the activation codes for games. I don't buy/sell games other than as the first "owner" of the game. I woul liek to see it a step farther. Make it so I can buy the game online, download it, and play it. No more store trips. I do this for music, movies, books, apps, games, etc. Why not my XBox? At some point the physical media tether will be broken. I would like it now. (Again I know there will be outages adn that happens now with NetFlix, iTunes, Diablo3, WOW, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.)

PotatoJ said,
Eh, not much different from PC gaming these days. Steam does allow offline gaming now though. Of course activation is done with an internet connection.

activation is one thing, always online is a whole different thing.

Excellent move IMO. As a content creator I know this will bolster creative output as this will protect intellectual property rights and allow a gated system where gamelifting and other forms of digital theft are nonexistent.

I will be suspending PC development and moving to the new Xbox if this turns out to be true.

Oh this rumor again... This rumor came up with the 360, and with the PS3, and recently the PS4 because Sony had a patent on a DRM linking technology that required the internet to play a game, now the next xbox.....

When comes to game, software. I think everybody have reactions to codes. Just like how MS applied drm earlier to music and video then they have to remove it due to reactions.

This decision makes a lot of sense... if executed properly.

If Microsoft aims for a fully digital distribution model - that is without brick and mortar store for selling games - AND if they adjust the games price accordingly, we are in a win-win scenario for both gamers and game producers.

If the game distribution model remains the same and the plan is applied like described, one can easily predict a major failure with hard core gamers. Then we'll be allowed to say that there's a fair amount of idiots in this division.

Let's wait for the real facts.

I am completely opposed to digital distribution only.

I like to have my physical media and actual control on what I do with my games.

We have seen it with the phones already... The moment a company decides to pull a product from the phone store those who bought it are screwed and cannot get it again.

Not only that but I like to be able to take my game, go to a friend's house and play it, or let them borrow it, or sell it, or cover it with gas and light it on fire, etc..

So they're going to ship the consoles with 100TB hard drives then? They better if they're planning on purely digital. And then if the drive crashes you have to redownload all you're games.

That's a disaster waiting to happen. This isn't a PC where you can just plug in external drives for backup or extra storage.

That would be terrible. First where would you store all these games, and how would people download them? With the terribly slow internet most of this country has and many ISPs with caps this would never work here.

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have back compatibility like the PS3
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing Linux like the PS3
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not initially ship with HDMI
The 360 was a disaster in the making because not all versions had a HDD
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have multiple HDMI like Sony said the PS3 would
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the cell processor
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not at first have WiFi built in
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing any HDD
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the franchises that other consoles have

And I can list 100s of other reasons people said the 360 was going to be a failure. And we see how that turned out.

nohone said,
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have back compatibility like the PS3
360 did have backward compatibility

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing Linux like the PS3
360 cannot have linux installed and who cares. definately not a disaster because of that. not even remotely.

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not initially ship with HDMI
The 360 was a disaster in the making because not all versions had a HDD

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have multiple HDMI like Sony said the PS3 would
360 did not have multiple hdmi like sony said it would. not revelant since neither implemented it.

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the cell processor
360 doesnt have cell processor. and ? how does that make it a distaster ? 360 emerges more often than not on top in head2head comparisons.

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not at first have WiFi built in
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing any HDD

The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the franchises that other consoles have
360 did not have franchises that other consoles have. what are you talking about. ever heard of halo and gears of war, just to name 2.

And I can list 100s of other reasons people said the 360 was going to be a failure. And we see how that turned out.

comments in bold.

/edit nevermind. just noticed you were quoting other people's assumptions prior to the releases.

nohone said,
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have back compatibility like the PS3
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing Linux like the PS3
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not initially ship with HDMI
The 360 was a disaster in the making because not all versions had a HDD
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have multiple HDMI like Sony said the PS3 would
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the cell processor
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not at first have WiFi built in
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not allow installing any HDD
The 360 was a disaster in the making because it did not have the franchises that other consoles have

And I can list 100s of other reasons people said the 360 was going to be a failure. And we see how that turned out.


360 never required an internet connection to play a game I legally own. There is already enough DRM on console games as it is (having switched console once, I do face problems playing arcade games I "own").
I don't want more on top of what is a good enough balance. They should just ignore the used games market.

BajiRav said,

360 never required an internet connection to play a game I legally own. There is already enough DRM on console games as it is (having switched console once, I do face problems playing arcade games I "own").
I don't want more on top of what is a good enough balance. They should just ignore the used games market.

When you took a game from the original Xbox it would not play on the 360 because the game had system requirements - a specific processor, a specific video card, etc. They emulated the old processor and video for some game but not all. You legally bought that game, but because of system hardware requirements, you could not play your game. There is ***rumored*** to be a system requirement for always on internet connection. And just like all those other features I listed above, people were saying that the 360 was going to be a failure, and it turned out to be quite the opposite. People will claim that it is going to be a failure because of some DRM mechanism that to 99.9% of the people it does not make a difference, and they will buy the console despite all the "failures" that people will make up for the next version of Xbox.

If this is true, my 360 will be my last console. I remember when playing a game meant simply taking a cartridge from anywhere, and simply playing it.

cooky560 said,
If this is true, my 360 will be my last console. I remember when playing a game meant simply taking a cartridge from anywhere, and simply playing it.

The paradox is that they moved from cartridges to optical media to cut down on costs, and they ended up earning the same net amount of money due to lost sales to piracy.


Or you could just go to the superior console aka PS4.

Obvious Sony fanboi troll is obvious.

Sony are rumoured to be doing something similar to this Xbox rumour with the PS4.

Xilo said,
Or you could just go to the superior console aka PS4.

Uh...was it not just a month or 2 ago Sony was rumored to have patented their own version of this crap? Superior my ass. Both of these companies should steer wide when it comes to the used games ecosystem because something tells me it would severely damage both of their reputations. Does it mean sheep won't flock to these new systems? No. Of course they will however, as long as physical media exists, people will sell/trade it. Which leads to hacked/modded systems and then the bitching starts from MS and Sony. They just never learn.

If this is in fact true, then my Son will not have a new xbox.

I like electrical devices to be switch off from the power when we sleep, except

my pc which goes into sleep mode.

Dude, this article only says when you're actually using the Xbox it will require Internet. Nothing about it needing to be powered on all the time

You'll still be able to turn the Xbox off when you go to bed. The "always on" refers to the Internet connection, as in "you will need to be always connected to the Internet when turning on the console in order to do anything."

Intrinsica said,
You'll still be able to turn the Xbox off when you go to bed. The "always on" refers to the Internet connection, as in "you will need to be always connected to the Internet when turning on the console in order to do anything."

If you do not have an internet connection then you are googlee'd then.

Activation codes: This can only work if people can access their purchased games in the cloud, anywhere on any device (so long as you're logged into that console). Otherwise this gimmick is a terrible idea.

Always on the Internet: dumb idea IMO.

both sony and MSFT are going to kill used game sales. steam already did this. gamestop is like blockbuster, irrelevant.

as for the always on connection, it is very unlikely to be true, but if so, it is unlikely to have much impact on console gamers as onlinemultiplayer is one key aspect few can live without.

in the end if those w/o internet don't own an xbox, it would account for an insignificant amount of people.

if the rumours are true, it would personally put me off buying one. i can also imagine that the 'always on' would somehow tie in with the xbox live subscription, so without both you would lose a lot of features.
as for the second hand game sales, this could cause a lot of small business to close. not everyone can afford £40-£50 a game.

neonspark said,
and yet steam proves you wrong.

On which bit? Steam doesn't need to always be on, they offer trade-ins, and they have deals on AAA titles which can knock down the prices considerably. Over the past winter sale I maybe spent 50 euros for a whole load of games that would have normally been twice or three times the price.

that was my biggest gripe with Diablo 3... it was beyond irritating to lose your progress because the internet disconnected randomly WHILE PLAYING SINGLE PLAYER.
DON'T DO IT MICROSOFT... IF YOU CARE ABOUT SALES, YOU WILL NOT DO THIS!

With the crappy service that Comcast offers in my area, there have been times that I have not had internet service, but I have enjoyed playing my Xbox. I predict failure with this business model.

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,

Yeah, rumors don't always come true!

Exactly, so I don't for one second believe this to be true for the new console.

As others have stated, maybe the internet connectivity is for game activation. I still don't agree with it, but I STRONGLY doubt that they would require an always on internet connection to play.
There's plenty of people that don't have internet connections, or that take their console with them on the go.

If they're going the activation route to get rid of second hand games, it would make sense if they lowered the price to compete with resales. Instead of charging $40-50 per game, charge $10-20 per game and make sure that anybody that wants to play that game gets a new copy rather than a used one.

The other thing that came to mind, is that they might be doing some sort of subscription based gaming model, extending on their Xbox Music service. It would allow gamers to download a game (internet connection required), then they'd be able to play it offline. It might be linked to the console's MAC address or serial, who knows.

Games saves could be stored on a special SkyDrive account or Xbox Live and users might be able to download the games from the cloud if they go play at a friends house, who knows.

But lets not forget this is all speculation.

MidTxWRX said,
As others have stated, maybe the internet connectivity is for game activation.

I think that is all about it, however, if it is true, I'm sure that MS will allow for game activation via the phone.

RommelS said,

I think that is all about it, however, if it is true, I'm sure that MS will allow for game activation via the phone.

Definitely. Just like their Windows activation.

Funny enough, that will surely lead to loopholes with activation servers and whatnot.

MidTxWRX said,

Definitely. Just like their Windows activation.

Funny enough, that will surely lead to loopholes with activation servers and whatnot.


I just hope you can activate via phone. Btw, I don't think people will ever make some sort of server for activation. That's long to come.

MidTxWRX said,
I STRONGLY doubt that they would require an always on internet connection to play.

Uhm, it's actually required today when buying pure digital copies of platinum hits.
On more than one occasion I've had to restart some of my games because my xbox live connection dropped.
You have about 90 mins of offline play before you have to establish the connection again, otherwise you get thrown back to the game's start screen.

it will sell by the millions regardless as most people do have internet for online gaming purposes. not a big deal. if you don't have internet, you have bigger problems than game activation....

neonspark said,
it will sell by the millions regardless as most people do have internet for online gaming purposes. not a big deal. if you don't have internet, you have bigger problems than game activation....

Not every one lives in first world countries...
In third world hell, Honduras, Central America, internet is not widely available except in the two major cities... And yes, there are lots of console players!

neonspark said,
if you don't have internet, you have bigger problems than game activation....

if you consider internet connection as a requirement for human life, then you should look at your priorities

KsenOug said,

if you consider internet connection as a requirement for human life, then you should look at your priorities

The UN has added internet access as a basic human right, along with access to education and others.

neonspark said,
it will sell by the millions regardless as most people do have internet for online gaming purposes. not a big deal. if you don't have internet, you have bigger problems than game activation....

It is DOA if they pull this crap. While I don't usually buy used games, I do share it amongst friends.

Draconian Guppy said,

Not every one lives in first world countries...
In third world hell, Honduras, Central America, internet is not widely available except in the two major cities... And yes, there are lots of console players!

I live in Honduras, I'm poor btw and I have 25Mbps...

WinRT said,

I live in Honduras, I'm poor btw and I have 25Mbps...

BS? where? SPS or TEG... also paying for 25Mbps isn't poor for our country's standard...

In Tegucigalpa... uh, did I say Mbps? I mean Kbps! seriously though, I guess the max speed you can get for home is 6 - 8Mbps, the average should be 1Mbps

WinRT said,

I live in Honduras, I'm poor btw and I have 25Mbps...

I live in the UK, I'm middle class and I have less than 1Mbps...
UK sucks! haha

DaveGreen93 said,

I live in the UK, I'm middle class and I have less than 1Mbps...
UK sucks! haha

Where the hell do you live? I'm in the UK, and in a pretty remote place yet i have 50Mbps download and 14Mbps upload.

Draconian Guppy said,

Pics or it didn't happen!

"Cablecolor" offers 10Mbps @ $65... Still imma need pic or else!

WTF pics of what? of me in the cerro Juan A. Lainez next to our flag with my Surface RT pointing to your comment? "hell", we should watching la seleccion losing right now!

65x20 = 1300 Lps @10Mbps? really?? didnt know that! a little expensive for my current needs though... not long ago they upgrade our plans, now I have 3Mbps! I´m cool with that ...

WinRT said,

WTF pics of what? of me in the cerro Juan A. Lainez next to our flag with my Surface RT pointing to your comment? "hell", we should watching la seleccion losing right now!

65x20 = 1300 Lps @10Mbps? really?? didnt know that! a little expensive for my current needs though... not long ago they upgrade our plans, now I have 3Mbps! I´m cool with that ...

Whoa! another tech savy Honduran besides me AND on neowin!!! Hell will freeze over!!! We should hook up!

I've a bet, that we will lose!

All of the large game companies are already looking at activation codes for online gaming and savegames. Microsoft has done this on their "Made for Windows" games and EA does it with their online play as well. It doesn't mean it will be for single-player yet, but I wouldn't doubt the fact that all developers want to do the same to pull an extra $10 every time a game is re-sold.

The only thing I can see "always on" content for is for license management on a console basis. MS is known for their DRM garbage, and I hope they learn that complying with the requests of developer's wallets doesn't mean that people won't find a way around it. If it means I won't get to play when comcast sucks, I'll be a bit irritable.

Draconian Guppy said,

Whoa! another tech savy Honduran besides me AND on neowin!!! Hell will freeze over!!! We should hook up!

I've a bet, that we will lose!

hahaha yeah awesome! I think I know someone else here from Honduras, one guy with a stingray (mantaraya) avatar XD never talked to him tho.
well I'm kind of MS fanboy that's why I check this site often, and sometimes I write (troll) comments with my bad english lol

I've a bet, that we will lose! <- me no comprender?

WinRT said,

hahaha yeah awesome! I think I know someone else here from Honduras, one guy with a stingray (mantaraya) avatar XD never talked to him tho.
well I'm kind of MS fanboy that's why I check this site often, and sometimes I write (troll) comments with my bad english lol

I've a bet, that we will lose! <- me no comprender?

Yeah, but he wasn't IN honduras!

I bet! that the selecta will lose ! :evol:

1Pixel said,

Where the hell do you live? I'm in the UK, and in a pretty remote place yet i have 50Mbps download and 14Mbps upload.

I get 0.3Mbps, it is an absolute joke and I live just outside Leeds! (The UK's 4th largest city.) The exchange is 2.2 miles away from where I live.

ngc891 said,

I get 0.3Mbps, it is an absolute joke and I live just outside Leeds! (The UK's 4th largest city.) The exchange is 2.2 miles away from where I live.

I live in Hewelsfield (says it all with a name like that) my exchange is like 4 miles away, running down old telephone wires. I absolutely hate it!

almost every comment on the news article on source site says it's bs without anything to back the claims up. could care less about the article honestly... is every rumor news worthy to neowin ?

You can already "pull down" games from microsoft if you log in with an account on a different console and download from your download history.

Given the fact that Microsoft uses the "Click-to-run" technology to stream Office so that users can actually use it while it's installing, as well as the rumor that Xbox v.next will run on an x64 architecture, it's highly plausible that they could use this technology to stream games to users from the cloud.