Ubisoft Also Believes The World Is Ready For “Always Online”
Always Online consoles are really the talk of the industry lately, especially after comments made by former Microsoft Studios director, Adam Orth. There’s been tons of rumours supporting and denying reports that Microsoft’s next console will require a constant online connection, and Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat doesn’t think this is something essentially bad.
Speaking to The Guardian, Mallat expressed his view on always-online consoles and how he thinks the industry is ready for it.
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“Well, that’s a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony! I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices. I would suspect that the audience is ready.”
However, unlike most of the others supporting this implementation, Mallat stressed that always online should “provide clear benefits”, considering the huge strain it can put on consumers. So basically outweigh the negatives with positives before even thinking of implementing always-online hardware.
This is an approach I can understand. It is inevitable that we will eventually have always-online consoles (probably), but when such a time comes I want to feel as though I’m really missing out if I don’t embrace the change. From what we’ve seen and heard, that’s not the case with always online at this time.