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.
Sounds like it will need to be constantly online. If that's the case, it will really need to blow the ps4 out of the water in the games department or Ill have to switch to Sony.
funny they did not just come out and refute it, would that not have made this whole thing die down? Kind of confirming it with their stance right now. I am sure they are busy rewriting statements that will try and paint always on as a great thing for gamers, that they are only doing it for OUR benefit or some other ***. Keep digging that grave M$, we will be here to watch you jump in.
Well, that was a bit better situation than I initially thought was going on with that Orth fellow, but he should have known better than to post that stuff on the internet, and kept the teasing between friends private.
One can only hope that microsoft doesn't pull this crap.
...no further comment... Humm, smells like a setup to me, with Microsoft fishing for market reaction to a product element! If not, this means sometime today, a Microsoft exec said "OK boys and girls! Retool!!!!"
Don't mix professional and personal comments together. Personal twitters for personal things. Professional twitters are for project leads (if they can act professionally) and for the PR department that has a full time position to take care of relating to the public (more effectively than some smug employee who wishes to display prejudice against customers regarding their area of residency and economic standing.) This wastes thousands of dollars spent to fund the public relations departments of companies and hurts report between a company and its consumers.
Consoles are THE cheap alternative to PC gaming. It require one purchase and (usually) zero update purchases for at least a 6 year period. When I was a kid, I would save up for one and a half years to buy a new console when it came out. For a lot of people, it isn't easy to just buy things or have 8 monthly subscriptions to various unneeded services. And saying that gaming is for upper middle class and above is shortsighted and quite prejudiced, which I don't think you are. Probably you are just on the internet and not thinking things through because we are strangers and there is no repercussion for acting a fool here. However, consider that, besides working and sleeping and eating and pooping, there is a lot of time in a day. People fill this time with various things. Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, shopping, friend or family time, television, movies, etc. Gaming, if replaying a game and getting as much as you can out of it, is considerably cheaper than eating out all the time, going on dates, partying, sitting around doing a drug of choice, and so on.
Wow, what an insufferable c*nt. Any intention I had of buying Microsoft's upcoming console is gone now.
I like how his friend try to say he forgot he was online, but Orthy tweets claims he wants his devices to be "always on"
So NO Xbox for me then, i stay by the PS4 with the next gen consoles.
Im pretty much a sole Xbox user but these types of things will make me seriously question which next gen console i will get especially that sony has already stated the wont do this and wont limit the use of used games these accessiblity options cant be ignored.