It seems that during a developer interview with CI Games, a question game up regarding the next Xbox’s features. One of which that has gained a lot of fuzz between gamers is that the console must be “always on” to play games. Meaning that if you don’t have internet connected with your console and you want to play games, you simply can’t. He also had something to say about not being able to play pre-owned games on your console.

“What do I think?
Very brave, so to speak, decision from Microsoft. Still, the question is
whether or not somebody had to do it sooner or later. I’m not personally
worried about it myself because as a player it’s doable at my home. Even
looking at countries like Poland … there are people who do not have internet,
but probably most of them know that it wouldn’t even make sense in their case
to own a current-gen console, because without the internet you have like half
of it [the experience].”

“I don’t expect
it to be that big of a deal, personally. Still, I’m not [an] advisor on that –
if it was up to me I probably wouldn’t do it so early.”

And this is what he
had to say about pre-owned games on the console:

I understand people who buy pre-owned games, who sell them. I never will
disrespect anybody and I will never encourage anybody, and I will never stand
on the side of anybody banning that, personally. But then again I’m not a
businessman, I’m a developer. If somebody feels like he can’t make ends [meet]
without it, it’s gonna be his decision, and he’s going to take it on his chest
with all the storm that comes with it. It’s his choice. Personally, I’m not in
favour of this feature. Players don’t want it, and a bigger part of me is a

I am
completely against the idea of an “always on” console, but it seems to
me that this guy has a point. I myself wouldn’t expect someone without internet
to be using his/her money on a next-gen console like this. Sure, it’s a
terrible move on Microsoft’s part, but what he’s saying isn’t exactly wrong in
a sense. His views on the pre-owned games situation is what I agree with
completely. If you want to let your friends borrow a game you bought, why
shouldn’t they have the right to play it?

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