But Services Must Provide Clear Benefits
Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat believes that the gaming audience might be willing to accept always-online consoles, so long as they provide major benefits to outweigh the disadvantages.
"That's a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony," Mallat told The Guardian when asked whether gamers would be prepared to accept always-online console hardware. "I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices - I would suspect that the audience is ready."
However, Mallat also believes that the infrastructure has to be unimpeachably solid for constantly-connected consoles to be an attractive proposition. "As soon as players don't have to worry, then they will only take into account the benefits that those services bring," he continued."I agree, these services need to provide clear benefits. It's important to be able to provide direct connections between us and our consumers, whether that's extra content or online services, a lot of successful games have that."
Naturally, Mallat's comments follow inflammatory rumours suggesting that the next-gen Xbox may require players to maintain a constant internet connection. We're not sure whether Microsoft would be willing to follow such an unpopular route even if they originally intended to, considering the public backlash, but we'll have to wait and see.