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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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By StevoLincolnite on 6/12/2013 10:51:52 AM , Rating: 5
Heck, they basically killed the idea of hanging onto the console for decades as they will inevitably kill the online service for the machine eventually.

Nothing like pulling out the old Mega Drive or SNES and doing a bit of retro gaming.

By Argon18 on 6/12/2013 2:51:20 PM , Rating: 5
Exactly. Xbox One isn't a gaming console like SNES or Genesis. Xbox One is a gaming *service*. A service which requires a $499 piece of hardware to access. No thanks!!

By lagomorpha on 6/13/2013 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 4
Xbox One isn't a gaming console like SNES or Genesis. Xbox One is a gaming *service*.

They should have subsidized it like cell phones. Free to purchase with a 2 year contract of $80/month. :O

By coolkev99 on 6/13/2013 7:30:35 AM , Rating: 3
They would LOVE this. Don't you all see this is where they want to go? MS would love nothing more than to charge you all $20/Month for an XBOX + LIVE service. Subscription models is where everything is going... everything a "service".

You would have NO control, and they would own everything.

Don't buy the XBOX ONE!!!!

By nafhan on 6/13/2013 8:58:32 AM , Rating: 2
I think you're joking, but considering they did this with the 360 (although, I don't think it was a popular option), it seems likely that they'll do it again with the One.

By Argon18 on 6/12/2013 2:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
The other differentiator is buried in the fine print. With a SNES, you bought a copy of the game. Period. That copy is yours to dispose of as you please, lend it, sell it, etc.

With Xbox One, you aren't buying any games. You are buying LTU's. License To Use. You are paying for a license to access the services. Kind of like Netflix.

By polishvendetta on 6/12/13, Rating: 0
By bighairycamel on 6/12/2013 8:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
Because someone that has internet now means they'll have an inseverable connection for the rest of their mortal lives?

I moved once... took the cable company 2 weeks to send a tech out to install cause they had to run new underground lines. Moments like that are when consoles are best. Without internet or TV gaming was the most enjoyable use of my free time. Too bad I didn't have an XBone back then to use as a decorative table piece.

By mcnabney on 6/12/13, Rating: 0
By inighthawki on 6/12/2013 9:44:40 PM , Rating: 2
Good for you. To some people a mere $5 or $10 can be a lot money to just up and waste.

God forbid a company tries to treat its consumers kindly.

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