Microsoft Studios Director Tells Gamers To “Deal With” Always Online Consoles
For a while now there have been escalating rumours that the next Xbox will force players to be online in order to play their games. Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how many problems this can cause. In fact, just look at games that require constant online connections and see what problems they gave consumers. Take SimCity as a recent, and very good, example.
Sure Internet is somewhat of a necessity around the world nowadays, but we’re a far cry from saying that everything can constantly be online. Internet is nowhere near that kind of stability, and I’m sure millions of people would be rightfully pissed off if they couldn’t play a newly purchased game on their new console purely because the Internet is down for a few hours, or even a few days if you think of local internet services.
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But apparently this is a small issue that gamers will just need to deal with. That’s according to Adam Orth, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios. Being creative director means that Orth is probably one of the decision makers when it comes to the next Xbox. He’s not the head honcho, but his opinion certainly carries weight in the boardroom where all the “educated” decisions about what gamers want are made. Like 3D and motion control of course.
Feeling quite annoyed that people are up in arms about a possible next-gen Xbox that could require a constant Internet connection; Orth took to Twitter and expressed his opinion on the matter. He then attacked and basically mocked anyone with different views. So basically a Microsoft director got involved in a Twitter rage war with his consumer base. Great move.
Oh but it doesn’t stop there.
Call me crazy, but it’s rather surprising, and extremely embarrassing, for Microsoft to have a top director getting involved in a little row like this over social media. Not only does it reflect badly on the company, it doesn’t really make gamers more hopeful about a new Xbox without a constant Internet connection. In some way, you could say this serves as confirmation that Microsoft Studios is pretty serious about always-online technology.
The announcement of the next Xbox could be a few weeks or month away for all we know. Things change in a heartbeat in this industry, so right now it’s really to early to call anything confirmed. But this little incident certainly makes me wonder what exactly Microsoft is thinking about. Just remember who you’re selling your products to, is that so hard?