Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has vehemently defended 'always online' technology, amid rumours the next Xbox console will require an internet connection.
Update: Microsoft has distanced itself from Orth's comments, saying in an official statement, "This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views are not reflective of those of the company."
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Taking to Twitter, Orth said that he didn't understand consumer objections to always-online technology. "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always online' console," he Tweeted.
"Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit."
When it was suggested to Orth that internet connectivity is not reliably available everywhere in the United States - not to mention the world - he replied, "Why on earth would I live there?"
When asked by BioWare designer Manveer Heir whether he had learned anything following poor launches for always-online titles like Diablo III and SimCity, Orth compared an internet connection with electricity: "electricity goes out, too," he Tweeted.
Orth has since protected his Twitter account following backlash from his followers. A Reddit user captured a screenshot of part of the exchange.
While Orth's comments shouldn't be taken as official, they come amid persistent rumours that the next Xbox console will require a constant internet connection.