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Microsoft Apologises For Orth's "Always-On" Tweets

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Matt Gardner
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Adam Orth, Always-on, Durango, Microsoft, Xbox 720

Microsoft Apologises For Orth's "Always-On" Tweets

Microsoft have released a statement responding to "what was said yesterday", in reference to the tweets made by Microsoft Studios' creative director, Adam Orth.

Orth had expressed some surprise at the ongoing controversy surrounding always-online requirements for hardware.

"Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” Orth said on Twitter. “Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit.”

Microsoft have distanced themselves from the comments, whilst spectacularly failing to provide any clarity of their own.

Here's the official statement, via Major Nelson:

"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."

So, a chance to lay the matter to bed once and for all, but no. They bottled it. Still no word on that rumoured Durango reveal either.

Just to stir the pot a bit, it's worth noting that Sony have already said rather unequivocally that you'll be able to play the PS4 offline. Nice one, Orth.

Add a comment3 comments
JonLester  Apr. 6, 2013 at 11:07

Microsoft needs to shut this rumour down, fast. True or not, the uncertainty surrounding always online is mauling the Xbox brand.

Last edited by JonLester, Apr. 6, 2013 at 11:11
DrTrouserPlank  Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:49

Microsoft needs to shut this rumour down, fast. True or not, the uncertainty surrounding always online is mauling the Xbox brand.


The problem appears to be that they can't shut it down. It's difficult to shut down a rumour when it's actually true and admitting this would only do them more damage, certainly in the absence of any information such as system specs.

I think MS have been massively wrong-footed by the PS4 specs and the offline capability. One has to presume that they designed their xbox to be always online on the assumption that the PS4 would be as well.

If the design is set in stone then there's not much they can do about it. My suspicion is they will use their money and the promise that their console is more anit-piracy than the "offline" PS4 to try to persuade developers to not develop for the PS4.

davidpanik  Apr. 6, 2013 at 18:19


The problem appears to be that they can't shut it down. It's difficult to shut down a rumour when it's actually true and admitting this would only do them more damage, certainly in the absence of any information such as system specs.


I'd disagree - an official confirmation from Microsoft regarding this would be less damaging than the current situation. Even if it does turn out that the console is going to be always on - they can at least follow it up with facts: "Here's WHY we reached this decision" and "Here are the benefits we think it will bring you the consumer (e.g. 100% reduction in piracy so cheaper game prices)". Any kind of official statement at this stage would be better than freaking out at the slightest mention of the 720.

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