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[Update] Microsoft has released a new statement, which apologizes for the comments made on Twitter yesterday.
This new statement was released by official Xbox blogger Major Nelson. Here is the statement in full:
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an
employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft,
and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to
our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.
We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any
announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this
[Update] We received an official statement from Microsoft, via the company's PR firm Edelman, concerning the tweets sent by Microsoft Studios' creative director Adam Orth last evening.
The statement reads as follows:
"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."
[Update] The Microsoft employee whose tweets ignited more speculation about an always-online console future has made his Twitter account private. Meanwhile, the BioWare employee who engaged in that initial Twitter exchange is defending his friend's comments.
"The initial comments are what they are and he has to answer that, but the 'why would I live there' stuff was him trolling me," wrote Manveer Heir, senior gameplay designer at BioWare, in tweets to Destructoid's Jim Sterling. "We're good friends and he was busting balls, forgetting it was online and public. Doesn't forgive the original sentiment at all."
As Sterling pointed out in his story about the tweets and the back and forth, the bits about cities weren't what made Microsoft creative director Adam Orth's posts seem so tone deaf.
[Update] A user on the NeoGAF messageboard has found tweets from the creative director of Microsoft Studios that seem to reinforce the rumors of an always-on Internet gaming console.
This news comes via the gaming site StickSkills, which spotted the posts on NeoGAF. In the posts, Microsoft Studios' creative director Adam Orth posts a series of tweets that seems to defend the idea of an always-on connected console – and also seems to make fun of those gamers who have a problem with it. The tweets are below and speak for themselves.
A new report corroborates earlier rumors which state that
the next Xbox console will require an "always-on" Internet connection – and
will require you to be online in order to load games.
Kotaku ran a report today that cited multiple
anonymous sources who stated that gamers would have to have their console
connected and logged into Microsoft's network in order to use games and
One source cited in the article said, "Unless something
has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet
connection to be used. 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."
The rumors that the next Xbox will be online-only have been
persistent, so it's likely that this is Microsoft's plan – or at least was the
plan at some point during the development.
For more, read the original story on Kotaku.
Email the author Matt Helgeson, or follow on Twitter, and Game Informer.
Quite honestly, when you are an employee of a company. Especially one as big as Microsoft, you need to realize that in the realm of social networks and interviews etc. when you are talking about the company's business, you represent that company. The guy was rude, inconsiderate, and offensive in the use of his terminology. I quote, "Jesus," I hope he was held accountable for what was said.
I saw that statement from MS coming from a mile away.
Wait for an official announcement people.
I guess this guy is forgetting that people don't spent dozens of hours a week vacuuming and if you own an ipad you can still play games, write, watch downloaded movies, listen to music and a ton of other uses that do not require an internet connection.
Anyway, the more I hear about it the less interested I am in purchasing the next xbox. I'm still worried that Sony is hiding something as well.
That guy is a jerk. I have in-laws who live in Punxy, PA. Outside of Punxy, there is no broadband and there are MANY places like this all over the US. While I'm good with "always online," many others aren't. And to be so dismissive and, well an ***, doesn't speak well for him. I'm glad MS spoke up on this, however I know more than a few people who will gravitate towards the PS4 if they aren't able to play games offline. I hope MS does announce something sooner than later, the longer this goes on the more likely things will get blown out of proportion and miscommunication will get spread.
CEO Kaz Hirai
Sorry, I couldn’t tweet earlier about @adam_orth’s comments about the XBOX always online rumors. My internet connection was down.
lol if there console is always online they can ship it to the same hell with EA and ill be happy with my wii U and ps4
Having this is not thing to do.
I shall wait for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for a reaction.
Lol Microsoft sinks just like the rest of em.
If you haven't gone Playstation... I suggest you start switching to Playstation.
I bet jack tretton is saying right now.
DONT YOU LOVE SWEET BILLY PERSONALITY SYNDROME!
If this turns out to be true I'll skip the nextbox. It'll just be PS4 and a gaming PC for me.
That guy is an idiot. His statement about not getting a phone if you have terrible coverage where you live is actually completely reasonable, but he says it sarcastically. Yea the power goes out maybe once every 3 years where I live. My internet will randomly go down for a little bit about once a week. Vacuum cleaners HAVE to have electricity to work. Xbox's don't need internet to play single player games. I am in xbox's camp this generation but if it is always online I will get the PS4
Major Nelson = this is a job and i will sell a brownie and claim its a ice cream if im forced to. dang it sweet billy you just had to run your mouth, the normals are raging and we were supposed to keep this on the downlow like in the movie The Skulls!