Xbox Chief: If You Can't Get Online, Don't Buy an Xbox One
June 12, 2013 9:57 AM
comment(s) - last by
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).
GameTrailers on YouTube
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
6/12/2013 3:51:40 PM
When the Xbox live service has ever had issues, MS as imediately refunded game time to all users whether you were online at the time or not. I'd say thats a pretty good thing.
LTU has been around since floppy diskettes. Its nothing new.
I've found it very humorus that when this news came out everyone went to the internet to complain about it. I'm pretty sure these are the same people who complained the Xbox 360 originally didnt have WiFi. "if you make me use the internet I'm upset, if you dont provide enough ways to access the internet I'm upset"
"im a gamer on the bleeding edge of technology and digital media consumption, you make me use the internet im going to boycot your product"
gimme a break
6/12/2013 8:06:30 PM
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.
6/12/2013 9:41:05 PM
Oooh, a refund of 1.5 pennies an hour. I bill at $200/hour.
6/12/2013 9:44:40 PM
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.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
Microsoft Xbox One: More Expensive, More DRM, and Slower Than PS4
June 11, 2013, 11:07 AM
Microsoft: Third Party Publishers Can Ban Used Xbox One Games, Charge Fees
June 7, 2013, 11:27 AM
Microsoft Announces Voice-Controlled "Xbox One"
May 21, 2013, 12:55 AM
Microsoft Live Exec Apologizes for Twitter Insults, Makes No Promises on State of DRM
April 8, 2013, 12:13 PM
Microsoft Creative Director Fights with Twitter Users Over "Always-On" Consoles
April 5, 2013, 11:58 AM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Quick Note: Whoops, Microsoft Pushed Unwanted Windows 10 to Some Users
October 15, 2015, 9:04 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 Fixes Boot Camp 6.0 Issues
October 13, 2015, 11:39 AM
Microsoft's HD-500 ("Display Dock"), the Magic Sauce Behind Continuum
October 6, 2015, 5:30 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Hits 110 Million Devices, VMs
October 6, 2015, 4:30 PM
Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi, IoT Devices Sees Developer Debut
August 12, 2015, 2:41 PM
Most Popular Articles
iPhones May Get Curved Screens Next Year
August 24, 2016, 6:45 AM
Drones at the Airport
August 26, 2016, 5:00 AM
5 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Pressure By Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D.
August 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
2 NEW PlayStation 4 Models - Unveiling September 7th
August 23, 2016, 6:23 AM
First Apple Computer Auctions for $815,000
August 27, 2016, 7:51 AM
Latest Blog Posts
First Self-Driving Car debut on the streets of Singapore
Aug 28, 2016, 4:10 PM
Coming Soon - Drones and Airports
Aug 24, 2016, 12:40 PM
SolarCity’s Gigafactory: A Milesone in Emerging Technology by Lily Emamian - 15 August 2016
Aug 15, 2016, 6:30 AM
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information