You do realize the whole deal is if your internet goes down, so does your game (even if single player), right? Right? No? Even if your internet is always flawless, which it is isn't, it poses the question: Why always-on? Well, it's clearly DRM. They will use it to update the system/apps/games, but the main use is DRM. If the Xbox has grown to become a media consumption device more so than an actual gaming console as they've said, then the thinking behind always-on seems rather confusing. Especially coming from MS who's known for their usage-tracking programs on their products, which they later use to base new feature implementations on. Even if internet outages don't apply to you, this still means you won't be able to take your Xbox and play it on a friend's house; or that friend won't be able to bring his/her game to your house because it just won't work. Granted this is all still rumor. And I know for a fact this was planned in the pre-production process (my brother-in-law works for MS). What no one knows is whether this is still in place. With all the negative feedback, it might as well not be, but MS has been acting stupid the last couple of years so it wouldn't surprise me.