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This may be a clue as to what to expect with the next Xbox console

Microsoft's creative director put up quite a fight in favor of always-online consoles, which is a particularly curious move -- especially on Twitter -- when the company hasn't said much about its upcoming Xbox console. 

Adam Orth, a creative director at Microsoft Studios, posted a tweet that said "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on.' That's the world we live in. #dealwithit."

While this tweet wasn't too surprising, what transpired afterward ended up being pretty interesting. Two Twitter users -- Alex Wells (@TheonlyAlexW) and Manveer Heir (@manveerheir) -- disagreed with Orth's initial tweet, and Orth came back pretty strong. 

Here's the Twitter conversation transcribed:

Orth: I want every device to be "always on."

Wells: Off the top of my head I know 5 people who own 360's who currently have no access to the internet. They would be screwed.

Orth: Those people should definitely get with the times and get the Internet. It's awesome.

Heir: Did you learn nothing from Diablo III or SimCity? You know some people's Internet goes out right? Deal with it is a sh*tty reason.

Orth: Electricity goes out too. 
Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner.
The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone. 


While Microsoft (or Orth) haven't made any specific mentions about how the "always-on" argument applies to the next Xbox console, this little Twitter argument may be dropping some clues. 

In December 2012, Xbox Live subscribers lost the Cloud Saved Games feature, which allows gamers to store saved games online and pick them up later on a different console if they'd like. The outage lasted anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. 

Source: Kotaku

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RE: Until
By Motoman on 4/5/2013 9:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Win8 is a fail *specifically* from the start. Or lack thereof.

RE: Until
By Kyuu on 4/6/2013 12:38:01 AM , Rating: 1
The amount of bitching about the removal of a tiny little button in the bottom-left corner of the screen (which is functionally inferior to Win8's start screen) never ceases to amaze me.

RE: Until
By Reclaimer77 on 4/6/2013 1:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
Removing the Start Menu is fine, if the alternative is better.

But they removed it and replaced it with a gigantic FULL SCREEN ONE!!

RE: Until
By freedom4556 on 4/6/2013 2:39:20 AM , Rating: 1
I don't give a shit about swapping the menu for a screen, but I want the damn BUTTON back. I have a $800 27" 1440p IPS monitor that is NOT A TOUCH SCREEN . Having to perform a mouse gesture and then click the button instead of just clicking the damn button is asinine and should never have happened. It needs to detect that I have no touch device and give me my button back!

RE: Until
By superkev72 on 4/7/2013 12:35:23 PM , Rating: 2
Freedom4556 --- Except that Win8 doesn't use mouse gestures to get to the start screen. The 'button' is in exactly the same place it was, it merely isn't visible until you move the mouse there (the way it's implemented recovers some screen real estate, enough for 2 quick launch icons on the desktop) ***You seem to have no idea what you are talking about. But you want your button. I have Win8 and the reality of the change is very minor. I don't get the drama with it at all.

RE: Until
By Ammohunt on 4/8/2013 12:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well let me put it into perspective for you. lets say you are a mid-sized company with a workforce of 2000 people that have been using roughly the same user interface for windows for the past 18 years; hell they grew up with it. Now in order to upgrade you have to train those 2000 employees on how to use the new UI not factoring the costs of less productivity in the time it takes for them to get acclimated to the new UI(full screen metro apps absolutely baffle non technical people). Never has Microsoft completely removed the ability to run a legacy UI for example even program manager was still available as a windows manager in Windows 95. Not to mention the UI just sucks its only different not better as opposed to say Gnome 3 interface its different and better then previous incarnations.

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