Has the Xbox One 'alienated the entire military'?

Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One console needs to be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours for gaming. This decision has been highly controversial, but now one person says that Microsoft's move could make a large section of gamers very unhappy.

Jay Johnson, who has served as a member of the US Navy for the past eight years, states in a blog post on Gamasutra that he is a huge Xbox 360 fan, saying his console has accompanied him "around the world, its steady (okay loud) hum and green ring offering a temporary lull in my otherwise chaotic day-to-day."

The Xbox 360 doesn't need an Internet connection to play games and Johnson writes that he and his military buddies have spent their time off from work by playing Halo or Gears of War. However, Johnson feels that the Xbox One's Internet requirement is something that will be a huge barrier for people in the military. He states:

No longer will you see Marcus and Dom sawing through the Locust Horde at the bases in Afghanistan after the Marines have returned from patrol and want to escape their reality for a bit.  Those days are now firmly behind us.  Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military, and not just the U.S. military, the militaries of the entire world.

Johnson adds that he will shift his attention to Sony's PlayStation 4 console, which won't need an Internet connection to play games.

Source: Gamasutra | Image via Microsoft

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