Originally Posted by -Apocalypse-
And since the One (and the PS4) are both based off of x86 win 7 kernels, there's no reason to suspect backwards compatibility is ever going to stop from this point forward unless M$ surprises the world with a new kernel.
this is what amazing me, how can this be stated by a person who knows what they are talking about. Sony creates their own software, which isn't based off Win.
I wasn't going to get into this thread but the amount of... Shall I say the lack of appropriate responses is appalling.
People should understand that an always online situation is never good. For those that have internet, sure it doesn't seem so bad. The problem arises with two issues. One, if you don't have internet it's an awful thing. Systems like Steam require internet, which is not the best I'll admit. However we have always had a gaming platform (consoles) that exist outside of that internet requirement. Once we get rid of that, we basically start becoming dependent on the internet. If that road starts, there is no turning back.
What happens if those that have internet suddenly go without? Various reasons can cause this too. Cedar Rapids, New Orleans, and various other cities have recently gotten flooded. What happens in the future when this goes on, or any form of nature causes internet shortage (among other things, such as a sudden layoff or job issue). Now you have a very expensive set of paperweights, sitting in your house doing nothing. Does that sound appealing? No, it shouldn't.
This is an issue, which I think we should stand up for. We at least need a platform to play software that doesn't require an internet. Most computer software (with exceptions such as Steam - and other game networks) have an offline activation. Phone activation comes to mind, which has a public outlet. Pay phones still exist, you can ALWAYS find a phone. At least in the majority of 1st world countries, in those that you cannot is very likely that an internet route is even harder to find.
Basically, this isn't a good solution. They have better ways of doing so, which this will only promote piracy. Since both systems are x86, it isn't going to be hard for those first mod-chips to come out. After that, you are going to see a higher backlash in the community that demands always online and piracy. Mark my words, that's how it is going to go down. The hackers/pirates are going to do it for the message while the user is going to do it for it's simplicity. The only thing this is going to hurt is the used games market, which again has other extremely valid routes to go off of. Other models which they could easily ensure, so to even say this is about the used games market.... That's even more outlandish, this is about money. It'll cost to use that cloud service, I'm guessing in the form of XBL since MS is known to not do anything feature wise without money.
I know friend's who are probably going to get a Wii-U and a PS4 just because of this, and am sure many of you have the same situation. If this doesn't have an extreme backlash, I'd be surprised.