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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.
I'm still wait until we hear the offical annoucement, but if they do make a constant internet connection required...for the first time I'll be getting Sony's console instead of the next Xbox
This might be the first time I don't buy an Xbox.
What an *******
It's not only about the possibility of internet shutting off, but also sometimes you don't have internet available. I want to be able to play a single player game without being on-line.
Also, the always-on is a means of control. This way they can have us on a leash and restrict our freedom.
This is a failure of a choice from microsoft. And this guy's stupid tweets only make me want to punch him.
I am not buying a sculpture if I want to play videogames.
I consider this EXTREMELY unlikely. This would cost them a huge chunk of their market share.
The only way I can seem this having a chance of working at all is if its some kind of subscription based system. Like free or under $100 + LIVE subscription.
Have bought Xbox's for the last 12 or so years.
If they do this, they can say goodbye, I don't care if they have Halo or GoW, they can *** off.
I was already planning on getting a PS4, but if this always online thing is true I couldn't get the Nextbox even if I wanted to. My internet is okay for online gaming once in a while, but doing it all the time would kill my connection.
But oh well, I guess I should just move somewhere else.
Well I don't plan on getting the next XBOX so this doesn't concern me.
Coming from a soldier, I will not buy the new xbox if it requires an always-on internet connection. My job takes me to places that don't have it, and most military bases I've been to have terrible internet connections in the Barracks. I really like to be able to play the games I pay for.
If this is true, then RIP Microsoft. It seems like it's going to happen with these Twitter posts hinting at it, but, hopefully, Microsoft won't be dumb enough to do something like this. It's basically suicide if they do it. Not everyone has an Internet connection, including me when I go back to the US, and not everyone wants to be online all the time. If Microsoft does go along with this, then the Wii U and PS4 will definitely reign victorious this generation and the XBOX 720 is going to fail.
I am a fan of the xbox360. I am not a biased fanboy. I own all the consoles released this generation (ps3, xbox360, wii, wii u). I am happy to say that I have enjoyed the xbox360 the most.
HOWEVER, this is me giving Microsoft my official notice, if you ban used games.......I will not buy the 720. If you have a mandatory "always-on" feature.........I will not buy the 720.
I have no problem sticking exclusively with the ps4. Mark my words Microsoft, if you do this, it will be the beginning of the end for the "Xbox" brand.
That idiot, Adam Orth, is now responsible for this gamer not getting the next Xbox. Way to go moron.