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Xbox v.Next and Always On

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Xbox v.Next and Always On

by Paul Thurrott

Apr. 7, 2013

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of apologizing for public statements made by an employee about a feature of the next Xbox, a product that has yet to be announced. But let?s be clear: Microsoft is only apologizing for the way the message??deal with it??was delivered. I suspect it won?t be changing how the next Xbox works one bit.

To recap this mini-controversy, amidst swirling rumors about the next Xbox?which I?ll clarify below?Microsoft Studios Creative Director Adam Orth indirectly confirmed reports that this coming device would require an ?always on? Internet connection in an admittedly bizarre series of Twitter tweets. ?Sorry, I don?t get the drama around having an ?always on? console," he wrote. ?Every device now is ?always on.? That's the world we live in.? Then, using a Twitter hashtag, he punctuated his point with the comment that, I think, really set people off: ?Deal with it.?

Deal with it, indeed. The Internet?or at least a certain part of the Internet?reacted with outrage, despite the fact that most of the complaints were likely made over high-speed cable connections.

I was asked about this guy?s alleged meltdown on Twitter and via email a number of times. My take-aways were simple:

1) Always-on connectivity is indeed part of the next Xbox, and it was interesting to see this guy confirm that unofficially.

http://www.winsupersite.com/xbox/xbox-vnext-and-always

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I wouldn't look too much into this. He admitted he was just trolling an old friend. While I'm sure the next Xbox will make use of an always connected internet if present (background updates and such), I don't think it will be required.

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He admitted he was just trolling an old friend.

I'm guessing this should be probably be more something like

"He quickly thought of an excuse such as 'he was trolling an old friend', once he realised how much trouble he was in" ;)

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Fantastic article from Paul. Couldn't agree with him more. People need to understand that they're doing this to improve the next console. Not to annoy them. Always on doesn't necessary mean you will have to have a beastly connection either. Just means that your console should be connected to the internet all the time, which most Xbox 360's already are.

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