Xbox Chief: If You Can't Get Online, Don't Buy an Xbox One
June 12, 2013 9:57 AM
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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 (
"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
'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
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.
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. (
) PlayStation 4 (
$100 cheaper than an Xbox One
), or Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (
console ($150 cheaper than an Xbox One).
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6/12/2013 3:05:17 PM
LibreOffice is a fantastic Office replacement. I've been using it for a while now. No, it doesn't have the most advanced options of MS Office, but usually only professional business writers care about that. For home and school use, LibreOffice is a winner.
And say what you will about the whole iTunes/iPod/iPhone ecosystem, I agree that it's crap and I won't go near it. But the OSX desktop operating system is fantastic. The "walled garden" criticisms of iOS devices do not apply to OSX on the desktop, it's a whole different environment.
And don't forget Linux. While Linux has been dominating the server and mobile space, it hasn't gained a lot of traction on the desktop. Not because of any technical deficiency, though. It is especially robust, reliable, and easy to use nowadays. It hasn't caught on at home because of lack of video games. Although the recent release of Steam for Linux may help change that. And it hasn't caught on at work because of lack of MS Office. But examine your own requirements, you may find its a good fit.
6/12/2013 3:22:26 PM
Like I said, Apple route was the best option. But that's just picking the lesser of two evils. My work needs to be flawlessly compatible with everyone else so it's not ideal.
Right now I'm trying out google.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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