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

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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avatar An aspiring writer from England. Reece was born with a controller in his hands. From the age of 4 he had his filthy mitts on a Game Boy, PSOne and Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to you Americans!),. Open to any system and genre, he remains completely unbiased as a proud owner of a Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and 3DS.