On Thursday, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth sent out a slew of tweets implying that he saw nothing wrong with rumors of Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango, requiring an “always-on” Internet connection to function. Unsurprisingly, the backlash from users was massive, and Orth ended up setting his Twitter account to private, but by then it was too late.
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If you’re just tuning in now, here’s the background story. Before Orth set his account to private, NeoGAF grabbed a screenshot of the tweets he sent out:
As you can see, Orth never publicly acknowledged or referred to the Durango or even the Xbox, but he did say “console” and it was quite clear what rumors he was referring to. Rumors on the Durango having such a limitation have been coming in for months, with the biggest ones coming from Kotaku and The Verge.
It’s very surprising that Orth would make such comments publicly, whether they are his personal opinion or not. Given his relatively important position at the company, it’s not a big surprise that most would take his comments as confirmation the Durango will indeed have the so-called “feature.”
Again, here’s the quote that got everyone so rattled last night and throughout this morning: “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.”