Robert Maxwell wrote:
Indeed. That's why I find all this speculation tedious. No one here knows if it actually will be "always online."
Speculating about the future of your hobby is sorta something that people do. You said that you don't own any modern consoles and you're not planning on buying any in the near future. You're not a console gamer so clearly this holds little interest to you. Fair enough.
Others here like me are console gamers and we are interested in the future of the console industry. A bombshell like the Xbox 720 requiring an online connection would be a major game changer, so the rumours (which are coming from multiple reliable sources) are worth discussing.