Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

April 15, 2013 -

Last week we asked readers "What will happen if Microsoft's next console requires internet connection start disc-based games?. The majority of the 821 votes cast went to it would be an "unmitigated sales disaster" for the company and its next-gen console, with second place going to "Microsoft would land in third place" in the next console cycle.

Around 32 percent (265 votes) voted for "Microsoft has enough money to stay in the game but it will be an unmitigated sales disaster." Around 29 percent (238 votes) went with "It’ll sell less than it would have otherwise but the Xbox brand ain’t going anywhere," while 20% went with "Such a move will all but guarantee Microsoft has the third-place console of that generation."

Twelve percent of the vote (98 votes) said that "The console will fail so hard Microsoft will have to join Sega on the console race sidelines," while six percent (52 votes) said that "It won’t make much, if any difference to the console’s sales."

Thanks to everyone that voted in last week's poll. We didn't discuss it this week on the Super Podcast Action Committee because there was no show recorded for this week. Look for a new poll tomorrow and thank you for participating!

 


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Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

I don't mind a system being "always online". What I don't want is "must be online to launch any software". 

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Sales will only start dropping once people start realizing the issue.

Since the average person is both ignorant and brand loyal, they aren't likely to find out until a long time afterwards, and then you'll get the people who will think it's still a good thing.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Around 32 percent (265 votes) voted for "Microsoft has enough money to stay in the game but it will be an unmitigated sales disaster." Around 29 percent (238 votes) went with "It’ll sell less than it would have otherwise but the Xbox brand ain’t going anywhere," while 20% went with "Such a move will all but guarantee Microsoft has the third-place console of that generation."

Twelve percent of the vote (98 votes) said that "The console will fail so hard Microsoft will have to join Sega on the console race sidelines," while six percent (52 votes) said that "It’ll sell less than it would have otherwise but the Xbox brand ain’t going anywhere."

I think you've typo'd on one of these two lines ;)

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Fixed.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

I think we tend to forget that even though 'core gamers' are really loud, we actually make up a fairly small percentage of the market and things that piss us off may or may not actually impact company's bottom lines.

"Always on".... many of us care, but most people really do not seem to.  Their console or their computer are plugged into broadband already, it is as normal as having a cell phone.  Sure not everyone is set up for it, but the edge cases do not make or break a product.

As long as they do not have release-day overload, the majority of consumers tend to not even notice, much less care, if their games phone home.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Oh, when people start finding that they can't play any of their games offline, there will be an unholy stink raised.  People still drag consoles around with them to friends' or grandma's or whatever.  Discovering that the system is inoperable unless they can get it online is certainly going to leave a foul taste in people's mouths, even if 99% of the time they are going to have it hooked up and online at home.  Even if they never intend to use their console offline, knowing that they *can't* is going to be galling.

I wouldn't expect the sales impact to be immediate, because I wouldn't expect MS to shout this "feature" from the rooftops.  But once people get bit by it, word will get around.

If this rumor is even true, ofc course.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Thing is, the majority of consumers do not drag their console from house to house, and not everyone gets upset at ideological issues in a console.

Most consumers burn through a game in a few months and never touch it again, their console is constantly plugged in.  If the behavior does not actually ruin things for them, many will not really care since they are pragmatists when it comes to their entertainment.  Just like most consumers do not care if you can play home brew, or backups, or boot linux.   These are thing that people with an investment in gaming as an identity and have an ideological view of gaming care about.

This is not even a case of people simply being ignorant, it simply doesn't matter to them.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

This isn't some esoteric subfunction we're talking about, like homebrew or linux.  This is being able to play games on your game console.  Like AE said, there are going to be connection issues sooner or later even for people who do normally have it hooked up.  When they find themselves unable to play their games, they're gonna be pissed.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Thing is, the bulk of consumers just have their xbox plugged into broadband anyway, they are already dependent on a connection for other things they are doing.. so by virtue of how they are using their device already they will be able to play.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

This question kinda needs asked. Are you an idiot? Did you actually read his post? He just pointed out that sooner or later their connection will fail and you respond again with some unrelated idiot post about most xboxes being plugged into broadband already.

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

It's going to matter to them at launch when they can't play the video games they just spent a ton of money on.  Either because they don't have internet, don't understand they need the internet, their internet's not good enough, or the service fails.  And I would put money on the service failing on Day 1.

And it's going to matter to them every time after launch when they can't play their games.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

Such is exactly why I voted that, "It’ll sell less than it would have otherwise but the Xbox brand ain’t going anywhere."

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