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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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only reason they demand DRM for the Xbox 720 with integrated kinectic is to watch you bang your girl in the living room. since it'll be always online that cam will be running and scanning 24/7 if you have a hot gamerchick girlfriend look out! Geeks going to be watching you! dont get caught slippin or else you'll have geeks like soda drink game maker peeping you out. just sayin!
I guess this is the Microsoft equivalent to the Playstation Network 1 month security breach that happened quite a while ago. Every company has a good day and a bad day...
Well I can see this being true after Windows 8 requires you to have a Microsoft account and be logged into that at all times to actually do anything with the new operating system. I can't see this working in their favor in anyway though. So far everything I've seen about the new Microsoft console screams they are going to lose to Sony.
Micro can apologize all they want, if the system really is always on (which it is increasingly seeming to be) then the damage is done, they've lost my business.
Although I would have phrased it a bit differently, texasknight1 has a valid point. Call me paranoid if you must, but I do not like the idea of a camera in my bedroom/living room that is always connected to the Internet, every single time I turn it on. As far as I know, Microsoft has a pretty solid track record of security. My credit card info has never been hacked from their servers or anything like that. But it has happened to other big companies *cough*Sony*cough*. That being said, it's not out of the realm of possibility that a future next-gen system, with enabled cameras and microphones, could be accessed from a third-party without the owners consent or even knowledge of the breach in privacy. I don't even own a Kinect for my current Xbox 360, and would prefer to keep it that way with the next Xbox. And not because of privacy concerns, but because (in my opinion) it is gimmicky and unnecessary for the type of gaming experience I expect to get out of my console. I will admit that voice control is a convenient and sweet ass feature, but still not worth having a Kinect.
As far as Adam Orth and his ignorant ravings on twitter, they are just that. As Microsoft pointed out and apologized for, he is not a spokesperson and no way represents his company in any public manner. So what he has to say is irrelevant, but if it does come to be that the next Xbox will feature an always online requirement to function as a gaming console, they will be committing suicide in the next-gen console war. The Xbox fanbase that has been so well established over the past decade will take a massive hit as gamers flock toward the more accessible and equally impressive PS4. Hell, I'm even willing to go out on a limb as say that the Wii-U will outsell an Xbox that requires an Internet connection to play games.
And every word in the above paragraph is true, because I am a gamer and I know gamers. My console of choice for the past two generations has been the Xbox and its successor, the Xbox 360. I don't mind paying for a quality online experience like Xbox Live, but I will not buy a gaming machine that requires such an experience. And that's what it comes down to, for myself and probably a majority of the people reading this comment (if the comments on this article and many other related ones are anything to go by).
But I stay hopeful. Rumors are rumors, not facts. Which is weird since I keep reading so many articles that are flat-out "confirming" this and that regarding the next Xbox, yet Microsoft itself has yet to even confirm that they are developing a next-gen system. So until the big company reveal, we know literally nothing about the system. And if they have any god damn common sense as a business, they will decide against alienating a large percentage of their target consumer base and I will continue to shell out my hard earned money for their products.
Doesn't anyone else have a problem with this on principle alone?
If this is true, then Microsoft is basically dictating how their customers use the product they paid for. Why does Microsoft need to know when and where their customers play their games? What gives them the right to exercise such control? Will the customers own the nextbox or will the nextbox own the customer?
At first i was reading the updated section and thinking "why are they apologizing?" and then the tweets and then thought to myself "Wow this dude is such an a-hole
If Microsoft had to make a public apology because of this guys mouth, I suspect he might be looking for a new job in the near future.
I could see this good and bad, either way it could work
I've always been more of a Playstation guy, but I really want to hear what Microsoft has to say about their Nextbox. If they were so bold as to make it an always online thing, they probably thought of some good incentives to keep people coming back, make their system worth it. If it turns out that some of the rumors were true and gaming on their system will become a pay-as-you-play kind of thing, they're going to need a lot of advantages over Sony's PS4.
The guy says he was just expressing how he felt, as in how he WANTS the console to be. But why would you explicitly WANT the console to be always-online. I suppose I could tolerate always-online, but why would i want the console to be that way? What would I gain from this design choice over the current model of being allowed to be online or offline?
I'd be able to live with an always-on approach to the Next Xbox if this officious jerk hadn't started mocking the entire internet. Always-on will already affect the Durango's sales. A sarcastic employee defending it won't help that.