Originally Posted by Antiochus
So yes, people are still interested in a high end gaming system regardless of having an internet connection or not. This shows that there is value in making the machine more attractive to our non connected brethren. MS is not crazy. They are not going to gear their next machine to the 25% of their user base that uses live gold. They are going to try to make it accessible to the most customers possible. This means making the most of BOTH connected and non connected entertainment options.
That's one way to look at it. The other way is that Microsoft went from functionally zero percent to 50% in one generation. It's even more dramatic on the PSN side.
People are moving to online in a big way. It's more convenient and efficient. And getting people to hook up to your big online portal is where the money is. As much as Microsoft pushes XBL now they will do it even more next time around.
On the PC, boxed sales are pretty much dead. It's all online. And not just for StarCraft 2 or whatever - Facebook games, etc. Grandma knows how to play games online. Hell, surveys have shown that people spend more time playing casual games online than they do hardcore ones. The amount of hours people spend on Farmville crush COD, it's not even close. Getting social games on the next Xbox would be a FAR bigger selling point than Blu-Ray, I'll tell you that much. I don't know if MS would go down that road, though.
Like I have said many times in this thread, I do think the next system will offer games on some sort of physical media. I just don't necessarily think it will be Blu-Ray, and I don't think Blu-Ray movie reading is some big selling point. People who really want to watch HD movies and don't have an internet connection (lol, I am sure that is a huge market) will spend $50 on a Blu-Ray player. People who really want to play Xbox games will buy an Xbox.
Back on Xbox 1... MS only offered DVD playback if you bought a DVD remote. This covered, I assume, the fees involved with DVD codecs. I wonder how many people bought that thing?
Originally Posted by Yrd
Since they released the kinect, maybe they want to be where nintendo is and want a kiddie/family game system, and no playback of any movies. I have a hard time believing that.
You know the Wii doesn't play DVDs, right? But it does have Netflix streaming.