Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has spoken out on rumours that the next generation Xbox - or Xbox 720 as some are calling it - will require a permanent internet connection to work. He doesn't understand why people have a problem with the concept.
Persistent rumours that the Xbox 720 will be always-on, requiring an internet connection even to play single player games, have attracted a great deal of criticism from press and fans. Such a feature would mean that any drop in internet connection would prevent you from playing games.
Whilst no official confirmation (or denial) of this feature has been forthcoming, one influential Microsoft figure at least has thrown his hat into the ring.
Adam Orth is the creative director of Microsoft Studios - Microsoft's in-house video game production department - and he recently tweeted, "Sorry, I don't get the drama over having an "always on" console," adding that "every device now is 'always-on.' That's the world we live in."
Orth provided a couple of illustrations that explain his breezy dismissal of a pretty hot topic. "Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not buy a vacuum cleaner," he tweeted. "The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone," he added.
Orth has made his Twitter account private following the inevitable coverage his comments have provoked. The question is, can his comments be seen as implicit confirmation that the Xbox 720 will include an always-on requirement? Or are these simply the idle observations of a regular Twitter user?
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Via: The Verge