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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.
Also, this is an obvious display of how wide spread predjudice over place of residence is. For decades people have joked about the south. Har har, they have kids with their sisters.. But that mindset being slowly made acceptable in the collective consensus of the general public is just as bad as allowing race, religion or any other type of prejudice to be common place in America. It has no basis, it is unproductive, it is unfair.. and I hate to use this word, but it is also ignorant.
Wow I'm an Xbox guy and I think this guy is a total ***.
IF that's the case, then I won't be buying a next Xbox. I don't have the internet but I use a small town wi-fi signal (that isn't strong enough to pick up with the Wii U or PS3). There is no way I could ever get behind an Always-online console.
Oh yeah, someone needs to kick this smug jerkass in the groin.
Just think, this is the response from the GI community!You know the usually level headed and relatively polite comment section on the interwebs. Lol think what the response likely is over at that zoo they call a comments section at IGN or Kotaku. This is gonna get worse.
I'm not buying a new Xbox if this is the case. Even in ideal situations internet is still pretty finicky. Also the phone analogy is awful. Even a non-connected phone still has plenty of features on it (like being an MP3 player) whereas the new Xbox will instead just be a brick.
Arrogance is what really hurt the PS3 this generation at the start. Apparently Microsoft (and a certain employee) hasn't been taking notes.
There's the idea of an always on console, and then there's dealing with it like this child who's working at Microsoft. Regardless of whichever side is right, holy *** man, act like you're getting paid.
What a jerk!
Well, Adam Orth is a huge jerk.
And this will be known as the day that Microsoft dropped out of the console war...The problem with an "always on" model is that every single gamer has had the experience of being locked out of their own games because of either a problem on their end, or more infuriatingly, on the developer's servers. If we have an acceptable alternative (which the PS4 is looking like), then we don't have to "deal with it". Moron.
What an enormous ***. If this is true, then bye Microsoft. See you when you get your heads out of your asses.
Wow, I usually don't get upset at people for their opinion, especially about video games, but this Adam Orth guy sounds like a real ***. I'm glad he keeps his Twitter account so professional, especially the "deal with it" Obama meme. That's definitely classy.
Wow, I mean just wow. To see a man of his position, someone who no doubt went to college, just to act like a damn kid. Well, he certainly pissed in my cup. Now I'm not sure if I want to buy the next Xbox. I could handle the internet thing somewhat if that turns out to be true. But to see this *** act like this to my fellow gamers. *** this dude, seriously.
F*ck this guy. Seriously. Jesus...
Wow, what an unprofessional d*uchebag. Jobs need to be lost for this unprofessionalism.