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Next-Gen XBox to Require Always-On Internet Connection? (Updated)

Written by Jeremy Shane on Friday, April 05 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Next-Gen XBox to Require Always-On Internet Connection? (Updated)

Is Microsoft making the choice for next-gen console an easy one by pissing off fans? - Updated with official response from X-Box's 'Major Nelson'.

    I'm pretty sure I mentioned this in a prior article that covered some of the speculation and leaked info about the next X-Box, code-named Durango by Microsoft, so despite the fact that this news is NOT CONFIRMED yet, why is it popping up again?  Well, thanks to creative director Adam Orth and his twitter skills.  He decided to confront the criticism head-on yesterday, mixing it up with fans with the type of wit you expect from twelve year olds on X-Box Live, or out of touch execs.

    Orth has now protected his account, but with his grasp of the internet, you'd think he'd realize that what you say online doesn't go away:

    Although the news is not confirmed yet, this other bit of news from a different dev does not bode well: "Given that legally I cannot confirm or deny if this information is true, nor can I comment on rumor or speculation, all I can say is be sure to pay your ISP bills."  So if this pans out, the response of "Deal with it," shows consumers how much Microsoft cares about it's customers.  Granted, Orth is not an official spokesperson, but if he is 'directing creativity' for them, it's a frightening thought to see how little he understands outside of his own little world.


Sources: Reddit, NeoGaf






   As we said earlier, Orth is not an official spokesperson for Microsoft, nor is this talk of 'always on' official news yet either.  Major Nelson, who does speak for X-Box Live released a statement about the drama that went on yesterday:

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.


   Personally, it seems like the news about 'always on' is accurate, but hopefully with all of the bad press, they will realize the foolishness and make the necessary changes before the official announcement of the console.  Stay tuned, if we don't find out soon, we'll probably here something by E3.


Plus, additional statements were released by 'Heir', the man Orth was bantering with on twitter about the situation:

"A dear friend of mine @adam_orth is getting a lot of flak, some unfairly," Heir tweeted today. "Let me say he's one of the good guys and cut him some slack please."

"You should know we are good friends who joke around with one another. Don't read too much into our back & forth," he said in another.


And Orth responded to this, agreeing:

"I was trolling him personally."




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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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