Microsoft Director on Always-Online Xbox: ‘Deal With it’

Rumours of the Next Xbox being only operable when connected to the internet are increasing, and people are naturally becoming increasingly worried and angry. Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth, however, thinks all of his customers should ‘deal with it’.

Orth tweeted the following: “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.”

He went on to provide some absurd and irrelevant comparisons, stating “Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner. The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone.”

What Orth fails to realise is that, while we are indeed connected most of the time, that doesn’t mean our connections are necessarily stable and reliable enough to function an entire console.

In fact, his arrogance on this topic is pretty astounding. BioWare’s Manveer Heir pointed out  the disastrous launches of Diablo III and SimCity, only for Orth to respond with “Why on Earth would I live there?”

It seems odd that Orth would make these comments, when Next Xbox’s ‘always on’ functionality is still a rumour. Unfortunately, Orth’s defence of the idea may become yet another clue as to the concept’s reality.

Well, if this ends up being true and when the consumers instead opt for the PlayStation 4 upon the arrival of the next generation, I guess Microsoft will have to ‘deal with it’.


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  1. holy shit I cant believe someone in his position would say something like that in that kind of manner… people get fired for saying stupid stuff like that.

    Also its not true we are all “always” connected to the internet.. recent news has reported that upwards of 119 Million americans do not have broadband internet (that’s 1/3 the population) so its not even so much about having a shoddy connection or a good one.

    There is a large part of the population that simply just cant have or afford an “always on” internet connection.. so if you buy a game console that requires this then its another expenditure that will need to be added so for the 119M people that already don’t have always on internet in the home you have just decreased your market by 66% …

    So I seriously doubt that Microsoft would do this and cut out that segment of the market.. however its also possible they hate poor people.

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