It’s early 2014 and a large scale DDoS attack has been launched at the Xbox Live servers, rendering the service offline. Hundreds of thousands of gamers cried out in horror as their always on Xbox, while definitely connected to the Internet locally, couldn’t connect to the Xbox authentication service, and thus their entire console has been rendered into a mediocre at best room heater.
Today from The Verge:
Xbox Live is currently experiencing a significant service disruption, with many users reporting problems when trying to sign in to Microsoft’s online gaming platform. The outage — which inconveniently comes during peak weekend gaming hours — has subsequently rendered a large part of the console’s functionality useless for the time being. Many of the most popular apps on Xbox 360 (including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, and YouTube) are tied to Xbox Live Gold subscriptions; if you’re unable to sign in, you won’t be able to access any content.
The future is nigh.
“If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started. If the connection is interrupted, then after a period of time—currently three minutes, if I remember correctly—the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”
Durango, the codename for the next Xbox, apparently requires a constant connection. Microsoft is generously allowing a brief service interruption, three minutes, before pausing the game and trying to diagnose the network problem.
I think EA’s SimCity disaster would make them think differently. This is likely just for developer units so they don’t go missing. At least I’m hoping that’s the case.
The Verge thinks Microsoft is teasing the next Xbox with Microsoft’s secret-out-of-the-bag IllumiRoom.
I don’t think that’s the next Xbox. Using that kind of technology is a residential setting would be begging for problems. I can’t even imagine most of them, but I can think of enough to give me pause. It’s not the next Xbox. It might be the next thing, but certainly not coming anytime soon.
Let me know when you can: mount a projector to the ceiling, behind you, at least fifteen feet away from the TV you’d like to play your games on, oh, and power it, oh and somehow get the signal from the console wirelessly and not by a cable.