It's one thing to see the internet ablaze with FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt), but I hold this site to a higher standard!
...lol kidding! Some people here are just as ridiculous--I learned that during the HDDVD/Bluray war! Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the sensible ones here, but have you guys noticed that the less sensational you are about these topics, it's like you never posted ANYTHING?...your post is completely ignored--people just want to go to war I guess.
My favorites are the ones that pretend they were in Xbox's camp (if that makes any sense--it's a product to buy, not something to ally oneself with), but now they're switching to PS! LOL and their reasons are so "sensible"--Microsoft is anti-consumer, anti-gamer, spying on you...and what else? Oh yeah...anti-military--no FUD there!
And then you have the ones that try to fire back by saying that publisher's will restrict gamers on the PS4 anyway...because, you know, publishers are evil--I mean publishers are anti-consumer, anti-gamer, spying on you...and what else? Oh yeah...anti-military--sounds logical.
Now we have a "sky is falling" situation people...the once every 24 hour online check-in is the real deal! FOR REALZ THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Don't you people understand what this means? Let me give you some perspective, because you guys aren't panicking enough:
I live out in the country--as in RURAL Texas! I didn't go online until around 2000-ish...and that was dial-up people--do you hear me? DIAL-UP! I don't think you're getting the whole picture, so let me grab a paint brush:
My first taste of "online" was via the Sega Dreamcast! Granted, before that I had Directv, and I think I had Tivo also--they had to use the phone line, but they weren't connected "enough"--no, I got connected via the Dreamcast. I used my Dreamcast to shop online--don't forget this is being done on dial-up--and the first items I bought were PC parts! That's right, I used my dial-up + Dreamcast to enable me to build my first PC...and do you know what I did with that PC? I GOT MORE CONNECTED...at the same speed--dial-up...2 to 3 KB/s was all it could muster (old lines). Our phone line stayed busy...you couldn't get through because I played Star Wars Galaxy (MMORPG) on dial-up all night/day...PAINFUL!!!! Then one day, I found out that a company was offering Wireless Broadband in our area (around 2006)...HALLELUJAH!!!! I was saved!!!!! I was getting 76 KB/s down!!!!...until they throttled me for being a bandwidth hog--so I got 76 KB/s for about 45 seconds and then it dropped to 30 KB/s. Don't cry for me though, because in 2010 I got a new phone...the Evo 4G! With a tethering app, any computer I connected to was able to hit 150 to 200 KB/s (3G signal)!!!!! So, from 2000 until last Christmas, the best connection I ever had was really 30 KB/s of "always on" connectivity(wireless "Broadband") --except if there was bad weather...ie the wind blew. During that time I bought another Tivo unit (the other died), XBox, Xbox360, PS3, HDDVD player, laptop, built 2 more computers, Network AV receiver, and have played several online games--mostly on my PC where I could tether my phone (this was in 2010)--All of this crap connected to the internet at some point.
...oh you asked what happened last Christmas? Well, last fall I bought the Samsung Galaxy Note 2...right after Christmas day, I happened to tether it to my computer and saw my speed skyrocket...I was shocked--thinking it was a spike (every now and then 3G would spike to 300 KB/s for a couple of seconds)--but it climbed past 500, 600, 700, and kept going! I checked my phone and saw it had full bars...of 4G LTE. Speed tests hit over 30 Mb/s--rural population/traffic finally paid off!!!!
So what did I do?--I connected my computer to my router and turned on internet sharing--that's what! Now none of my devices get a connection unitl I get home from work and tether my phone to my computer. Before, they were getting 30 KB/s of "always on", but now they only get around 16 hrs a day of "HOLY FRICKEN CRAP THAT WAS FAST"...somehow they manage to get updates when they need to--probably because I schedule them to do so during my home hours--but still, what you should take away from this rambling post is simply this: SKY = FALLING.