Microsoft has issued an apology for an employee's outburst regarding the next Xbox's supposed always-on internet connectivity requirements, in which he suggested users just "deal with it" and expressed his smug happiness that he lived somewhere with a decent internet connection.
The poor man, Adam Orth, who was and presumably still might be a Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, has now protected his tweets, but not before the damage had been done. When, for example, a user suggested he try living in Jonesville, a place with less than perfect connectivity, Orth responded with the rather spiky "Why on earth would I live there?"
He made some good points, to be fair, pointing out that living somewhere with a patchy mobile phone signal doesn't mean people should refuse to buy a mobile, so why should a games machine with an always-online requirement put people off buying a console? Which makes sense and might've been accepted as a decent argument, had he not been such an aggressive arse about it and made a mess of his own half-apology (above).
The Official Very Serious Microsoft Apology for Orth's social network rampage, posted very publicly on the blog of Xbox US evangelist Major Nelson, said:
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."
Of course, Microsoft doesn't actually say the next Xbox won't require an always-on web connection there, something that is alleged to be a requirement within the current next-gen home console development kits. [Major Nelson via Techradar]