Microsoft Creative Director Fights with Twitter Users Over "Always-On" Consoles
April 5, 2013 11:58 AM
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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:
: I want every device to be "always on."
: 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.
: Those people should definitely get with the times and get the Internet. It's awesome.
: 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.
: 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.
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4/6/2013 4:32:35 PM
Oh I'm sure I could keep going off and finding other previously uncited articles to prop up whatever specific point was being discussed at that time too - so we certainly could keep going on.
But I suspect there's not really any point. You're not going to accept the fact that your numbers aren't reflective of reality...so you just go on with your bad self.
The actual fact is that probably around 15% of Americans have no access to actual, functional broadband internet. Cellular wifi and satellite categorically aren't "broadband" no matter what the TV commercial tells you. Slow speeds, high latencies, and data caps preclude them from being considered as such.
You can either accept that, or you can cry more about how it can't be true. I don't care.
4/7/2013 4:29:01 PM
Yes, I guess we should just go with your fabricated conclusion as the be all and end all for this information. We probably should just stop running surveys, censuses, and experiments altogether and just ask you what the answer is from your anecdotal evidence. Fantastic idea.
The actual fact is that probably around 15% of Americans
Such a stupid thing to say after the argument you've been trying to make this whole time.
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