The UK Is Not Ready For Always-Online

Imagine the future.
It’s a nice and sunny spring day in 2015.

You have just bought Microsoft’s Xbox One (after the latest version does not suffer from the Black Circle of Doom) which requires you to be online at least once a day – but that’s just the bare minimum!

You know, would you really want to miss the latest episode of “I am a Noob, get me out of Call of Duty: Ancient Warfare” on Xbox TV? Do you really want to miss the achievement “TV maniac” (worth incredible 15 GS) stating you’ve been watching Xbox TV for 360 hours? Do you really want to miss out on the Cloud, which makes games shine in glorious Super HD? No, you want to have it all!

But oh no!

Your internet does not work properly! Sometimes it’s completely gone, but most of the time, it is just intermittent – just like in the old days, when wathcing a 2 minute youtube video took ten times the time to load! So, what can you do with your shiny new console, your “all in one entertainment system”, your revolutionary Xbox One?

What happens if the internet is down for more than just 24 hours? Can you still access your games you paid 65 pounds for each (don’t worry, trading used games is luckily a thing of the past) on the device which cost you 400 pounds? You might find out the hard way …

But even worse, say bye-bye to multiplayer, to downloading new games or maybe just the critical patch which stops The Elder Scrolls 7 from melting your Xbox One, say bye-bye to the games you’ve been streaming, say bye-bye to Netflix, to Xbox TV and to Xbox Music. Of course, you won’t be able to access that cool dungeon in Dragon’s Dogma 2 Extreme because it is stored in the Cloud.

But do not fret, it will take Virgin Media only two weeks to figure out that tiny problem turned major – including some 2-day spells without any connection at all (thank Gates or Jobs – depending on your religion – for smart phones!). And don’t try to bother Virgin, because you’re just one of 45.000 people in your area affected by some incompetence on behalf of the people in charge who thought it was a good idea to let people use 100 Mb/s on lines which are simply not made for such heavy workloads. Yes, your internet provider may humbly offer your compensation, but only for your broadband bill, of course – all the money poured into Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox TV and Xbox ESPN … gone. Oh, and that channel hidden from your wife/girlfriend/parents, you know … XXXbox … don’t expect to get any returns from there.

Welcome to the always-online world of gaming in 2015, and welcome to an infrastructure which is not able to cope with our demands. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Rabidgames interjects: By the way, we are not talking about Furzehill or about Ingoldisthorpe, we are talking about goddamn motherfucking London! If shit like this happens here with Virgin Media – considered one of the best providers – please imagine how things look in the countryside …

Microsoft might be ready for the online revolution – the UK is not!

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2 Responses to “The UK Is Not Ready For Always-Online”

  1. TRSparce Says:

    I love the assumptions and incorrect information worked on in this. I started following this because I actually saw some reasonable opinions from Rabidgames on some games, even stuff different from opinions I could find on major game news sources. This is just recycling and sensationalizing of stuff I see on places like Kotaku now.
    I mean, the idea of the Xbox One having as high a failure rate as the 360 initially did is already an old joke. People have been making it since before the slim 360 had even been made.
    As far as used games being “a thing of the past”. Every upcoming generation console has now been confirmed to be able to work with used games. The Wii U that is already out, the PS4, and even the Xbox One.
    And as far as your list of items that one be accessible during an internet outage on the Xbox One, they are almost all things that wouldn’t work with an internet outage on a 360, PS3 or Wii! Netflix? Requires constant internet to stream. Online multiplayer? Constant internet. Downloading a patch? Constant internet! Xbox Live requires internet, now or then! Sure, it is an issue, but it is not one that is exclusively to the Xbox One as you seem to be trying to make it out to be.
    This isn’t to hate on Rabidgames, or the quality of your opinions. I love some of this. You are touching on some topics that really need to be touched on. Internet outages cause issues for people in a world meant to be online. Value of online subscriptions are lost by internet outages that only pay compensation for the lost charge of internet, But the way you spin this makes it sound like Microsoft is the one at fault for this, and that is is something that will only be an issue with the Xbox One, which it isn’t.

    • Thanks for your comment.

      First, yes, RROD jokes are getting old, but so do we.

      Second, if you live in the UK, where issues with broadband connection can last days, if not even weeks (and again, we are talking about London here), and you are usually without internet for at least 2 weeks when moving, Microsoft’s idea of “everyone is always online anyways” is far, far away from reality.

      And we know for a fact now we have to be connected to the internet at least once a day so our games work – again, where is the logic there? Not being able to play the game you shelled out 40 pounds for because you’re not online? That’s beyond ridiculous!

      And we know virtually nothing about used games. MS only confirmed they work in principle, not explaining how mucht it’ll cost us – and then, it is up to the publishers to block us from re-selling games.

      Last, after weeks of trouble with the broadband, this was rather meant to highlight the various issues with internet providers in the UK foremost. Of course, if you experience some downtime and if you then listen to MS’s vision, it sounds stupid. Really stupid. And again, it’s London and the UK, not a small town in Russia.

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