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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.
Although I am interested in seeing what Microsoft does next-gen, I won't be getting the nextbox. There are several exclusive series on the playstation that I am hooked on. It is just too big an investment for me to purchase both. Also I would not be interested in this console if it requires an always active internet. I have a hard time believing it is true though, because they would lose so many consumers.
This would be really bad because my wifi sucks and I always get dropped connection.
i have both the 360 and ps3 and with this bull crap as well as the no used games rumor, it's looking like PS4 for me this Christmas!
The PS4 keeps sounding better and better. Next gen will be interesting.
P.S. I am console neutral. Though I love Nintendo games, I use my 360 for 90% of the games that I play. I loved the PS2, but the feel of the offset analogs was a huge influence on my current gen choice. However, the more that I hear about Microsoft the less I like them. The only reason that I bought a GameCube or a Wii was because of the Nintendo exclusives. So, I have not made any choices regarding next gen, yet.
Is it possible that these anonymous sources have a vested interest in the success of the PS4. I'm not saying I believe it. Its just worth considering. It isnt so unthinkable. Especially if the PS4 comes out first..
If this is true, Im getting a ps4, I have spotty internet connection at best, and if they charge for xbox live? thats BS
It better not be. I like Xbox more than PS but if MS does this, I'll go with PC or PS4. My Xbox sometimes disconnects from Live so if this is true, it will be major BS.
I'm just having a hard time believing that Microsoft would go ahead with something that absolutely NOBODY wants. Seriously. They simply HAVE to know that this is a stupid idea.
And this is why I'm a PS guy.
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I don't really see microsoft doing something like this it will be just too stupid to do it, but anyways i'm going with the playstation this generation (again).
Could be just for the prototypes, but we shall see when the next Xbox is revealed.
If this turns out to be true, they'll easily lose next-gen to the PS4.
They are going to killing themselves cause not everyone has internet or at least DSL.
I'm not gonna be one of the people who instantly jump on the "Burn the Xbox" train by hearing this rumor, but I will say that if this and the other rumor of single-use discs are true, I'm totally jumping sides. Again.
If they do this, they better sort out the *** connectivity wifi xbox has right now!
There's no way this is a good idea. ISPs go down, internet connections lost, NAT issues persist, some folks want to play in their SUVs or while traveling on vacation, and still others don't want to shell out $60 each month for internet. There's just no way. Nope.
And look at that--they're all anonymous sources aka not trustworthy