Microsoft creative director doesn't get the 'drama' around an always-online Xbox

Update: Microsoft responds to Adam Orth's comments that customers were just going to have to deal with an always-online next-gen Xbox.

Update: Microsoft has commented on Adam Orth's comments. In a statement issued to GameSpot, a Microsoft spokesperson said "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."

Original Story: Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has argued against the "drama" surrounding the concept of games consoles requiring an always-on Internet connection.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account (now private), Orth argued "sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit".

Orth joined Microsoft in 2012 as a creative director on a currently unannounced project. He's previously worked on God of War 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, and on the Medal of Honor series at EA.

"Did you learn nothing from Diablo III or SimCity? You know some people's Internet goes out right? Deal with it is a sh***y reason," replied BioWare gameplay designer Manveer Heir.

"Electricity goes out too," said Orth in response.

"The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone," Orth said as a joke.

While Orth later apologised for his comments, the debate arrives off the back of another prominent report that says Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will require a permanent connection to the Internet to load games, and that all games will be suspended if the console stays offline for more than three minutes.

"Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active Internet connection to be used," said the source about the next Xbox.

During the announcement of the PlayStation 4, Sony were quick to assert that their next PlayStation would not feature an always-online requirement.

Both Sony and Microsoft have explored ways to use a connected Internet connection to block pre-owned games in the past.

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15785 comments
FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

even though all this time and this story still gets some few comments.

DEAL WITH IT

thanks Orth, you started the fall of M$  

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

oh, we are still posting stuff here?

can i post something, then?

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

XBOX ONE is the devil

DEAL WITH IT 

Nasimul
Nasimul

XBOX ONE = Always Online DEAL WITH IT !

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

ADAM ORTH WAS RIGHT

the evil ONE has arrived

DEAL WITH IT 

alastor529
alastor529

This thread reaching 16k comments> Wii U

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

oh yeah, can someone tell me if this replies on a  note is a record breaker? 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

so, this thread dead now, or is it still struggling to get the comments to reach 16K?

zzamaro
zzamaro

He got fired or he resigned?

shadow_Metroid
shadow_Metroid

Why doesn't Microsoft and EA just fuse together and become one?

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

OH CRAP!!!

over 16K legit comments on the ADAM ORTH fail.

thats just amaziing.

good thing that asshole is bye bye and we has gamers had won a tiny battle, but still the war rage on.

go forth gamers


DEAL WITH IT 

bmart970
bmart970

I can't believe there are still people reading this.

gilalizard
gilalizard

This clown was just stupid enough to openly state what is likely Microsoft's actual business plan.

yodante
yodante

I don't want always internet on my console, I was hopping to join the rambling but my internet is not the best.

OMGMrTea
OMGMrTea

The official name of the new XBox has just been revealed!!!

Its of course the new "XBox Dealwithit"

Yaaaaaaaay

realbone
realbone

SO... i buy a sony, thanks for making my mine up for me. and ms can deal with it 

yodante
yodante

are we still rambling?


erMonezza
erMonezza

Uuuuu, 16k+comments. 

I want in it too.


cheers

Sardinar
Sardinar

16,000-17,000 comments, good enough. Well done.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Looks like someones gotta visit the job center :D, id be surprised if he ever got another job in the industry (Considering all this, i think he's blacklisted lol)

Now the balls in M$'s court. what will this box feature....we want answers ;)

xChaosLordx
xChaosLordx

"Orth argued "sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit". 

Because we know you corporate Nazis are just looking to use the "always online" feature to screw consumers out of things that used to be for granted. 

"Electricity goes out too," said Orth in response"

Uh?  Orth?  Are you really that much of a mental runt?  How high is your IQ buddy?  A system requires, derp! power because its an electronic device, in no way shape, or form should being connected to the internet at ALL times be required for a system to function.  

asjflask
asjflask

The first rule in ANY business is to understand (or at least acknowledge) the consumer.  When you say to your customers, "I don't understand", that's almost as bad as saying to them, "Screw you.  I will do what I want."
Second, insulting your consumer base is not going to keep you in business ("drama" queens).
Third, there are several players who don't have the internet.  There are some who don't even care to play multi-player (i.e., me).  Why should I be punished for being honest?  It's this kind of attitude that makes people pirates...

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I hope MS issues a public apology soon.

WTF1555
WTF1555

@silvergol Wow! + 3000000 PS4 Adam Orth tweet was powerful!

Microsoft should have done that in the reveal,now is too late!.

cinerius
cinerius

@FULGOREY2K 

I saved it as a favorite, as I expect a turbulent comment revival depending on what's actually unveiled on the 21st.