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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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The fact that they didn't really deny the online-only deal and refused to comment on the matter to begin with makes me think that the guy on Twitter was speaking the truth.
Now, I'm certain that M$ could pull this requirement between now and shipping, but these rumors have been so persistent, from so many corners for so long now that I believe we can accept them as truth.
Second,I don't think that guy would have been nearly as d**kish in its defense as he was if he didn't KNOW.
Otherwise he's publically risking his fancy corporate job for a rumor that he heard.
And I just don't see that.
What a toolbag. Hope he got fired.
Yeah, so far I don't see the Xbox being as nearly successful as the PlayStation 4. Sony is doing everything right this time around and Microsoft is simply doing everything wrong. End of story.
Wow somebody just got fired. Things aren't looking so good for Microsoft either...
Wow sounds like a child who is too sucked into the cyber world. You can't take away the freedom consoles have, if I dont have any internet, cable TV or anything else that requires Internet, what do I do? go right to a video game console that DOENSN'T require internet connection.
Fact: You take away the internet for a day, all hell breaks lose and the computer geeks are powerless and makes them nothing.
The Human race is coming to a point where we can't live without technology. The more perks we have of Technology takes away perks of life and nature. Soon, no kids will be playing outside untill the internet dies.
I think that will be a BIG mistake for Microsoft. Looks like I will be getting a OUYA.
If this is the case it's PS4 for me....
Goodbye xbox sales if this is true.
Id love to know what the benefit to the gamer would be with an "always on" console?
What would be the benefit for the gamer if the console required an "always online" connection?
What would be the benefit of video game developers and publishers if the console required an "always on" connection?
To sum it up, what would be the benefit of having an "always on" console. Truth be told, that Orth guy should probably be fired...just that series of Tweets probably drew an enormous amount of negativity towards Microsoft, let alone drew up tons of negative speculation towards the next Xbox. I know, even after the "official statement" Microsoft sent out, that Orth's comments and just overall tone was nothing short of idiotic and insulting.
Not EVERYONE can get internet where they live. Not EVERYONE can afford an internet that would be good enough to handle having an Xbox that is always connected online...
If Microsoft was smart, they'd announce the Nextbox and just get it out of the way. Everyone is anticipating it, therefore, everyone that is interested has already seen the "always online" rumor. Just either solidify the statement with truth or deny it and show the console, specs and all that jazz.
My two cents...
Hahaha. Hello PS4, my name is Jammin Jones.
Highly doubt this is true. I'll wait until Microsoft releases an OFFICIAL announcement and then I'll believe it.
You're twitter account is public, you *** idiot! Microsoft's creative director position is about to be *** vacant! If you worked in my kitchen, you'd be *** ***! New Xbox, always online? ***! Shut it down, you dirty pig!
This has become such a huge issue and the console hasn't even been announced yet. Personally, I don't think its a good idea to have an online-always console but that's because I'm part of the minority of gamers who hardly plays online. The main reason I go online is for downloads. I just can't see why a console would require Internet connection if the game has a single player mode, which pretty much all games have.