Microsoft Exec Takes Flak Over 'Deal With It' Response

New Xbox may need always-on connection

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 5, 2013 12:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rumor has it that the next version of the Xbox will require an always-on Internet connection, and lots of gamers aren't happy about it, notes JoyStiq. (Recall the disastrous SimCity launch.) A Microsoft employee didn't exactly smooth the waters in an exchange on Twitter, however. Hashtag chosen by Microsoft Studios' creative director Adam Orth? "#dealwithit." Some of his tweets, rounded up by CNET:

  • "Sorry, 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."
  • He also faulted the logic of critics: "Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner."

When someone asked about people who live in rural areas and used Janesville, Wisconsin, as one of the examples, Orth replied: "Why on earth would I live there?" Critics have pounced:

  • Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing: "We no longer need to point out that DRM is an expression of contempt for one's own customers—Microsoft's own employees take care of that task all by themselves."
  • Sam Byford, the Verge: He's not quite as incensed, but writes, "Of course, these messages can't be taken as anything close to official word from Microsoft, but it's interesting to read the thoughts of a studio director nonetheless."
Orth later apologized, calling it banter with friends—and his tweets are now private. For the record, he never confirmed the always-on rumors. The new Xbox is expected to be out later this year.

File photo from Microsoft of an XBOX 360 console with HD DVD player and hard drive.
File photo from Microsoft of an XBOX 360 console with HD DVD player and hard drive.   (AP Photo/Microsoft/Douglas Evans, ho)
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