The lights are on
[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.
They took their sweet time for this damage control.
lol I'm going to follow that guy now. This is a non-issue that spoiled whiny bratty gamers are making into an issue just so that they have something new to complain about.
So the positive outcomes of such a business move would be to cut down the rate of piracy and...what else?
I'm loving this, just come out and say no. What are you going to do delay the reveal again so that this is fixed? Good.
Wow. Microsoft needs to let some info out soon. Right now it looks as if their plan is to steal limelight by an unmask at E3. That is far too long a wait. Even if thunder is taken at E3. The speculation and leaks are going to kill many people off that would otherwise be pumping the console war train. I buy playstation, (Full disclosure) but I always leave myself open to the others if they show me that my buck would be better spent on content or exclusives. Microsoft doesn't have those single-player experiences that Sony has, and having AOI is even more of a problem to me. What are we going to? All multiplayer games? COD/GEARS/HALO without the single player modes at all? I'm all for Co-op, but this gives devs reason to stymie what I love about games. The ability to ignore the real world for a few hours and play a game the way I want, without some whiny kid commenting about my COD emblem.
Adam Orth is a *** ***.
Roll out the red carpet. We have just crowned a new King of the Morons!
That guy comes off as a total *** and if you've worked for any company that is in the public eye they always tell you to not say anything on public media, period. There are forms to sign that warn you about that stuff. As far as I'm concerned, that guy being employed by M$ is all that matters even if they say he doesn't speak for them.
I do have fairly stable internet where I live but I will not buy an always online console, period. Telling M$ that it was because of this guy isn't true, but it would make me feel better if it would help get his pretentious ass fired.
they want you to be like them, play like them, smell like them, eat like them, connect like them,take a dump like them,always on like them
make DRM like them, since they're so perfect everyone should strive to live like them. Xborg 201029302 resistence is futile.
Should be a sad thing that everything in the world is "always on," not a cause for celebration.
It's a PR nightmare!!!