And this is why I hate people.
New rumors are in that the “Durango,” codename for the Xbox 720 (also a codename), will require optical discs to be downloaded to the hard drive, but will not be played off of the disc. Furthermore, it will feature an “always-on internet connection,” although it’s quick to establish that it’s unknown if that will be used for DRM, or if it will simply provide supplemental features similar to the PS4. Read the full story from IGN.
You’ll notice in the comments below that article, enraged gamers are ablaze with hate for this news. Most are declaring the PS4 the winner for next-gen (which is an absurd statement to make at this point), and many others are declaring their switch from the Microsoft faithful to the Sony camp. Here’s my question: why do I both reading comments? Why do this to myself?
Here’s the facts:
1. This is a RUMOR.
2. This is an unsubstantiated RUMOR.
3. Even within this RUMOR, there’s no indication that the discs, once downloaded from, are useless, or that downloading is a one-time only deal. Many games in this generation offer download options to speed up load times. Couldn’t this possibly be the same deal? Or perhaps exist as a mechanism to combat piracy, but provide gamers options if their Durango bites the dust at some point?
4. The Wii had a backup feature that would download stupid things when it was off and connected to the internet. It wasn’t necessary, but it certainly did nothing in the field of DRM.
So let’s everybody calm down until we actually get some solid news. Then we can burn down Microsoft and carry on with our Sony sacrificial rituals. Deal?