Microsoft on Always Online Consoles: 'Deal With It'
Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth took to twitter to defend the rumors that the next Xbox will require an always online internet connection. His answer to people who don't have reliable internet? "Deal with it."
Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the existence of its next-gen Xbox, but that hasn’t stopped endless debates over rumors that the console might block used games, or that it would require a constant internet connection. While this mostly involves internet comments and anonymous sources, the most recent combatant is a little closer to issue — he’s a creative director at Microsoft Studios named Adam Orth.
Adam Orth tweets can’t be great news for Microsoft’s PR. He starts out tone deaf, telling anyone who doesn’t want an online-only console to “deal with it.” It gets worse from there. When Bioware’s Manveer Heir told him that he’s only lived in highly wired cities, saying: “try living in Janesville, WI, or Blacksburg, VA,” Orth responded with “Why on earth would I live there?”
“We are aware of the comments made by an employee on Twitter. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views are not reflective of those of the company. We have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”
You would think people would learn from stuff like SimCity or the Ubisoft Always-On DRM. Smart people would learn from the mistakes of others.
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Exactly what I said before SimCity's release. Thank you Bioware. I travel a lot, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes to various conflict regions for work. Hey, you want diamonds? Deal with it. Anyway, an Always-on requirement is difficult when I wanna chill with my laptop while a child runs a hand-crank generator.
I know it's still early but the good will that Sony is building with their PS4 reveal and the trickles of negative press and speculations Microsoft has been getting is building momentum. This guy clearly is an asshole and whether an official spokesperson or not, he has unofficially represented Microsoft for this entire tech news cycle. Forum comments on more than one site show a growing number of people getting wise to this Xbox Live subscription requirement and other drawbacks which compare unfavorably to the Playstation 4 and it's announced features.
I have never owned, nor wanted a Sony console. Now I can't wait to throw my money at Sony.
I like to think Microsoft pays more attention to the consumers than some of the competition (the PSN was an unmitigated disaster until the last 2 years, and Nintendo has all but ignored the Internet for 2 generations). The next Xbox will not be "always on", because the PS4 isn't.
As someone pointed out, it's really up to the software developers on how to design these features, and if they want any continuance with multi-platform games, they won't be shoe-horning in any extra stupidity.
If Microsoft truly goes this route, they will lose a foothold that was hard-won in the 360's life-cycle. I don't think they'll risk it. I know I won't buy the thing if it has this "feature". And I'm clearly not alone.
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