... Just Buy An Xbox 360 If You Don't Have Decent Internet
Microsoft's Don Mattrick believes that many gamers are overly concerned about the Xbox One's 24 hour check-in requirement, which won't change the way most of us currently play games.
However, if you have concerns or zero access to the internet, he also suggests that you should just buy an Xbox 360 instead. Erm.
"We appreciate the passion," Mattrick told GameTrailers. "It’s important that people share their ideas, but people are imagining outcomes that we believe are worse than what it’s going to be like in the real world.
“When we designed the box we paid attention to what it means to connect to the internet. The average internet connection is working the majority of the day. People are imagining that it isn’t, but I don’t feel that’s the world we live in.”
He's not wrong, to be honest. The vast majority of us already use our Xbox 360s while connected to the internet for most if not all of the time - and the check-in procedure automatically happens behind the scenes (there's no big red button to push every 24 hours to stop your Xbox One from exploding, don't worry).
But what if you don't have a stable connection, or live in a region where it's hard to come by on a regular basis? No worries, Mattrick argues, because you can always just buy an Xbox 360.
“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360,” he said.
“If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device.”
Oof. I'm not sure if his intention was to create two distinct classes of gamers here - the affluent Xbox One elite lording it over the barefooted peasant Xbox 360 owners scraping out a living in their internet-free hovels - but that's exactly what's happened. Classy.
Will Xbox One's online requirement put you off a purchase? Or is this just a storm in a teacup? Let us know after the break.