The lights are on
If the first rule of public speaking is to know your audience, then the first rule of Twitter is to realize that you are speaking publicly. Last week, Game Informer shared a rumor that the next Xbox would require an active internet connection at all times. Following that, Microsoft creative director Adam Orth (pictured above in his Twitter profile image) took to Twitter with some impolitic thoughts on the matter.
Game Informer has learned from sources close to the matter that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. A call to Microsoft's main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week's events. We haven't been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation.
Microsoft isn't commenting on the "always on" rumor or today's talk of a May 21 reveal for the console. We can't say for sure if Orth's "deal with it" approach is confirmation that users will need to be online (though with news emerging today of television integration, it's becoming more likely), but we can safely assume that his employer didn't appreciate him commenting on the matter. The company issued the following apology last week in response:
"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 matter."
We have contacted Microsoft and Orth regarding his departure, and will update the story with their responses should they provide them.
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Well... Thanks for the info GI.
I don't believe in karma, but if I did, I'd say that it came back at him with a vengeance.
I will absolutely switch sides on the console-war if the new xbox requires a constant internet connection. My internet goes out CONSTANTLY for no reason at all, probably upwards of thirty times a day. I've loved xbox for years now, but i would not be able to play games at all on that thing, and probably not a single person that i know would be able to either. It's an AMAZINGLY stupid idea.
That's what you get for being an a-hole
Microsoft told that guy to get the heck out their office after they saw what he wrote.
This was definitely expected. I mean, jokes aside, he pretty much was a complete and utter a-hole to his followers, i.e Microsoft consumers. He deserved it and I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft executives made him "resign."
I wonder how awesome he thinks the internet is now....
As someone who grew up in the country with terrible, terrible internet, this news brings me great joy. Also, I won't be purchasing an always connected Xbox.
LOL, you got fired #DEALWITHIT..
I work for a company that provides IPTV and Microsoft has no competitive shot in this market without investing in a utility line infrastructure like fiber optics. The most this will supply is Hulu, Netflix and the like. In order to reliably stream hi def tv, you need at least 50Mbs of bandwidth and contracts with all major networks. A 50Mbs connection would cost $100 per month alone. That with a subscription fee prices them out of the market, unless they take a loss on it. Oh yeah, very few markets can even get a 50 Mbs connection. I like the idea of a gaming/ TiVo box though but that just opens up a huge can of worms within the form of compatibility. Always on is just a bad idea.
I (and many others) saw this coming.
I guess now he won't be able to have electric, a vacuum, or a phone whether he wants to or not.
Got what he deserved. Deal with it.