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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.
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how about this sir... go f... y...
you m.... so.... of....
you and microsoft!!
i will buy next gen ps4 for sure.
always on my ass!
i have rights like everyone else!
is ours! i buy i do whatever i want!
This guy is a complete a-hole. Some of us can't be connected to the Internet 24/7, if the next Xbox requires always on, you can bet I will buy a PS4 instead.
Blunder of the century if this is true.
Well, this guy is a damned fool. This man doesn't deserve to have a 'director' title.
you don't deserve to buy our products because of where you live. I can't wait for this cockiness to blow up in their faces.
For the past few minutes I've been wracking my brain trying to think of ways all of this can be some kind of marketing hoax. I've come up with nothing. All this guy is doing is effectively alienating Microsoft's loyal supporters. I hope his internet crashes.
What an immature idiot. I'm incredulously dissatisfied with my 360/Microsoft arrogance as of late and have been only impressed by Sony and my PS3...PS4 purchase incoming.
i think they might be doing this on purpose just to piss people off but when microsoft actually releases it, it won't be always online just to troll the masses
Glad to see Microsoft has their arrogant jackass quota filled.
Well that ass of a Microsoft rep is so condenscending that I don't even want their new system if that's how they choose to treat the consumer.
Professionals in charge of very expensive projects/corporate fellows should not use personal twitter accounts for professional discussions. They have an entire public relations department they pay for that.. these kinds of tweets kill hundreds of thousands of dollars of positive publicity.
Wow what a jerk!! Im not a fanboy I have every system (Yes even a Wii which has not been touched in over a year), but if I had to pick one it would have to be my Xbox 360. Don't get me wrong the PS3 is great, and the exclusive games are awesome, but I like how easy the 360 is to use and Xbox live is better than PSN IMO. Ive been paying for Xbox live for years and I intended to continue paying for it into the future (when the new console comes out), but after reading this jerks tweets and this whole always on crap I might just buy the new Playstation and that's it. I really don't want to be forced out of my game if for some reason I lose connection. I hope Microsoft gets its head out of its ass and realize this is a bad business decision.
I am really sad to say this, but they need to fire that man. Those comments were highly pretentious and frankly he came off as a giant ***. He doesn't deserve my praise, nor does anything that he comes up with. Diablo III was a decent game and it had no reason that it needed to be always online. My account was hacked only roughly a month after the game was released. How do we not know that this creative art director was not just trolling? He could have seen the response to the "always online" concept and rolled with it just to frustrate people enough that it is a major relief when they announce that it does not contain that feature.