Microsoft creative director speaks in favour of 'always online'

MS Studios creative director Adam Orth sparks social media controversy

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.