At this point, it's all but officially confirmed that the next Xbox - Nextbox, Xbox 720, whatever - will require a near-constant Internet connection in order to play games and do most things. I don't remember the source, but one thing I read was that after three minutes or so of being disconnected from the Internet, the game/app will close, and a message will pop up saying that the connection to Xbox Live has been lost, and from there, you can troubleshoot the issue, etc. So, how do you feel about this? Does the always online implementation make you cringe, or will it not affect you? Will it cause you to at least skip out on the next Xbox at first, or will you still buy it as soon as possible so long as it's got good games and features to justify it? Personally, it irks me a lot. Nowadays, most anyone who purchases a new gaming console is most likely going to be able to connect it to the Internet, that much is correct I think. But that's the thing: most likely. I can still think of a lot of people who may have issues doing this: people who live in the literal middle of nowhere, college students who live on campus and may have trouble connecting anything online (I can vouch for this particular group myself), and so on. Even if everyone had a good Internet connection though, eventually, the next Xbox's online servers are going to be shut down. It's inevitable, similar to the first iteration of Xbox Live being shut down in 2010. What happens then to the library of games you've collected over the years? Unless Microsoft releases a sysem update beforehand that somehow gets rid of the always online requirement, they'll be rendered useless and unplayable.