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Microsoft makes it clear that its new console has no home with folks with unreliable connections

Gamers are in an uproar about Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) new "always-on" digital rights management (DRM) scheme, which requires the console "phone home" via your internet connection on a daily basis.  

Many gamers were outraged.  What if local construction or service provider difficulties knocked out your connection for a couple weeks?  What if you lived in a region like Alaska or the Rockies that had power, but had slow (or no) internet?  What if you were a service person serving overseas?  Microsoft's requirement was unprecedented and rubbed many gamers the wrong way.

Microsoft Xbox (Interactive Entertainment division) President Don Mattrick says he's sorry for gamers who don't have the internet and hence are not entitled to an Xbox One.

He's asked by GameTrailer's Geoff Keighley about the controversial DRM strategy.  Mr. Mattrick comments:

Some of the advantages that you get, of having, a box that is designed to use an online state, so, that, uh, to me is the future-proof choice, and I think people, could've arguably gone the other way if we didn't do it and fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity, it's called Xbox 360.

[I]f you have zero [or unreliable] access to the internet, that is an offline device, I mean, seriously, when I read the blogs, and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said 'hey, I'm on a nuclear sub,' and I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've gotta imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection.

But lest you think he's unsympathetic he comments, "Hey, I can empathize, if I was on a nuclear sub, I'd be disappointed."

It seems the Microsoft Xbox comments sound remarkably similar to those of former Xbox Creative Director Adam Orth, who was fired for debating with gamers about their ability to play offline.  In light of Microsoft's willingness to put forth a relatively flagrant face on the issue, it's somewhat baffling why Mr. Orth was fired for following the party line.

Xbox One
Faulty internet == No Xbox One for you!

But for better or worse Microsoft's policy for anyone who doesn't have 100 percent reliable, speedy internet is this: don't buy an Xbox One.

Microsoft says you should buy an Xbox 360 instead.  Of course, you could always buy a nice gaming PC, a Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) PlayStation 4 ($100 cheaper than an Xbox One), or Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) tablet-equipped Wii U console ($150 cheaper than an Xbox One).

Source: GameTrailers on YouTube

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The way of the GAME.
By rippleyaliens on 6/12/2013 12:14:23 PM , Rating: -1
It sucks, BUT- In Reality in 2005 when the original xbox360 came out, Broadband internet, Was avaliable, IT was not a "Need to Have" - NOW it is. and it is priced accordingly.

Who would have thought, that in the year 2013, you could actually get 200 mb internet, for under $60.00 Incredible.
IF you are still using Dialup- And dont want to spend money on highspeed internet, Then It is true. You should get something different.

Because a retailer offers a product, and you cannot run it, doesnt mean that a Retailer, should LOWER the specs to appeal the Minority vs the Marjority.

On a SUB, no internet. SUCKS to be you.. Its called DUTY, and you do your duty. Same for the actual INFANTRY out in the middle of no-where. Sure some Recreation would help, BUT in REALITY, if you are in a place, that doesnt have highspeed internet, BUT you want to enjoy what the Bulk of the World can get. EITHER move, or Deal with not having it.

We can get Cell phones, that offer over 40mb internet, ie 4G.. By the time, the xboxone, is 4 years old. This would have been just a bad dream. and at 500, people are complaining, YET drop $600 on a cell phone that gets obsolete within 12 months..

This is only the beginning.

RE: The way of the GAME.
By BRB29 on 6/12/2013 12:17:07 PM , Rating: 1
in the year 2013, you could actually get 200 mb internet, for under $60.00 Incredible.

Please let me in on this secret. I seem to be paying nearly $100 for 75 mbps

RE: The way of the GAME.
By daveinternets on 6/12/2013 5:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
That's because you live in the US.

RE: The way of the GAME.
By ven1ger on 6/13/2013 5:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
Lower specs? Who's asking for lowering specs. This has nothing to do with specs other than greed. If you were looking at specs only don't you think that the PS4 offers better specs against the XBO, and without the always online crap?

It's called choices, MS is making the choice of getting greedy. Gamers have the choice of not buying into it, period. MS will lose a lot of gamers to Sony for this screw up.

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