Xbox 720 requires always-on Internet, PS4 gets cloud gaming

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As we await the announcements of the next-gen consoles, some more rumours on Sony and Microsoftโ€™s upcoming machines are emerging.

In terms of the Xbox 720, the new console is said to require an “always on” internet connection to help stop piracy.

The rumour comes from Edge, who claims that the systemโ€™s connectivity to the internet will be integral as the new Xbox Live will play a huge role on the console.

Sources also claim that the next Xbox games will arrive on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, as previous rumours have also indicated.

The sources claim that the previously reported Next-box specs (AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM) are in fact accurate.

On the Playstation side of things, the PS4 is rumoured to feature Gaikai cloud technology, after Sony bought the company in 2012.

According to Gematsu, who translated a Japanese site, the PS4 will use Gaikai for its social networking features.

The report also claims that Sony is abandoning the Cell Processors which were previously rumoured to be incorporated in the system.

Sony is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4 on 20 February 2013 at a special PlayStation event.

Source: Edge,ย Gematsu

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  • Vorastra

    Oh consoles, you make me laugh.

  • wo0two0t1

    Shame its for the lazy gamer

  • Bosbeer

    I would say it is for the social gamer. Someone who has real friends, who can come over to his house and grab a controller and play split screen games.

  • Pew

    LOL! The way you phrase the “real friends” bit… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Personally, I consider someone way more of a friend if they go to the effort of bringing a gaming tower to my place to play through the night ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Pew

    Always on internet connection you say… if that’s the case I reckon they will lose a ton of customers in developing countries and even in developed countries as well. Forcing customers to meet your own needs rather than theirs is a great to lose them.

    I’ve been considering getting a console for a while now but if I need to be permanently online just to play a game then forget it. I doubt it will do much to prevent piracy as well.

  • AcidRaZor

    Why? Doesn’t Steam do the exact same thing? lol, you PC gamers…

  • Bosbeer

    I am referring to all your “online friends” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hahahah DEATH OF CONSOLES Long live PC ๐Ÿ˜€ (used to be inverted)

  • Agreed, look at PC they made people use always on internet (to stop piracy) for Assassins creed 2 and two days later BAM! it was cracked…

  • Steam does not force you to always have an internet connection (as lame as offline mode is :D), plus I personally believe if you own a game you have the right to crack it… I paid for it.. so let me use it offline if I choose

  • LOL! Always on internet connection. No sweat. You want to play online don’t you? You will need a connection anyway. They couldn’t care about undeveloped countries. Nor should they. This is about money, always has been, and always will be. Go out and get yourself a $99 android console if money is an issue. You will be forking out goodness knows how much for thing, get some sort of data connectivity as well.

    I am a PC gamer through and through, but I will be getting a “720” due to the ease of use. Due to the social aspect of console gaming. Take your fanboi bullcrap and go be a keyboard warrior elsewhere.

  • No, steam is not the exact same thing. Are you actually defending an always online required connection ?

  • You talk about the social aspect of a console,online gaming on a pc is exactly the same, and if you are referring to friends at your house, then you don’t need to be online.

    You talk about ease of use, how easy will your console(That requires an internet connection) be to use when your internet is down ?

    whos fanboi bullcrap are you referring to ? why are you getting worked up?


  • if you are a sports gamer then a console beats a pc hands down,since i enjoy having mates over playing fifa etc the console has its place,my pc also has its place with TF2 etc.If you got the $,buy both.

  • Shaun

    Exactly how are always-online and steam the same? Do you think before you spew such ignorant trash, or is this an example of your current ability to think?.. Steam= Offline mode, all you lose is playtime tracking and achievements. Always online–> in offline? Can’t do a thing ๐Ÿ˜›

  • If the Xbox 720 has the “always on internet” system they should drop that separate wifi adapter bullsh!t they have going for the Xbox 360. Ethernet – Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

  • Thiresan Naidoo

    I live in South Africa where our internet is still slow and expensive (1024 Kbps download rate, 5 gigabytes cap, 20 dollars a month) and thus do not currently even use Xbox live. If the new Xbox games are on Blu-ray then I probably have to switch to PC gaming as I will not be buying the new console due to the “always on internet”.

Xbox 720 requires always-on Internet, PS4 gets cloud gaming

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