Microsoft Exec: Offline Gamers Should Stick With Xbox 360

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Microsoft Exec: Offline Gamers Should Stick With Xbox 360

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Microsoft executive Don Mattrick says the company has a console for gamers who can't get online, and it's called the Xbox 360.

One of the big issues gamers have with the Xbox One is its internet connectivity requirement. While it technically doesn't require an "always on" connection, it does have to connect to the internet at least once every 24 hours, or once an hour if you're accessing your library from a separate console - and if you exceed those limits, you'll be locked out of your games until you're able to get online.

That's a pretty big deal, because it effectively locks out gamers who have limited or no internet access - and they're out there - or who simply have a problem with the idea of being arbitrarily denied access to the games they bought and paid for. But Mattrick, Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment Business, told GTTV that the company already has offline gamers covered.

"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360," he said.

"If you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device. When I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said, 'Hey, I'm on a nuclear sub.' I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine that it's not easy to get an internet connection," he continued. "I can empathize, if I was on a sub I'd be disappointed."

The implication that only people living in submarines would have problems with the online requirement notwithstanding, Mattrick claimed Microsoft knew there would be resistance to the decision but said people would come to embrace the idea of a connected console once they actually had a chance to see it in action.

"It's a super-passionate community of people. They're loving what we do, it's very important to them, and they're opinionated and they're smart. So they look at all these things and they say, 'Hey, is this going to impact me in a negative way?'" he said. "And until you use it, it's really hard to understand what all the advantages are."

His position isn't without validity - it is a "service-based world," as he put it, and things generally are better on the internet - but his turn of phrase sounds dangerously like a dismissal of valid gamer concerns. Of course, it's not the first time Mattrick has had that problem; discussing the Xbox One's lack of compatibility with Xbox 360 games last month, he made a big splash when he said, "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards."

Source: GTTV

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He forgot to mention that you also don't need to be constantly connected to play the WiiU or the Ps4. I really hope the xbone bites ms in the ass.

How has the PR department not told this guy to be quiet? He's gonna get himself fired.

"don't buy our new console" that's what i heard there.
this guy sounds like a right mook.

Going going and it is gone. All my respect for Microsoft that is. Thy are just being defensive assholes now. How does a company become this disconnected from their consumers?

Wow, he might as well have thrown us the bird and a nice fat "fuck off".

That's...

...Wow. So let me get this straight - Mattrick thinks that publishers and developers will continue developing for the X360 after eight years?

Guess what. Publishers and developers tend to stray from supporting previous-generation consoles, and it's for a good reason, pal.

So Microsoft just told all the people without a stable Internet connection to fuck off?

Yeah, they are done.

No no no, that's totally cool.

I can play on another console that won't blatantly fuck me over.

It's called the PS4, and I hear it's pretty cheap.

Wait... so if I want all the benefits of a XBox, without all Microsofts bullshit, I should just keep my 360?

Kay...

Hey Mattrick? In the words of Hopsin "Fuck me? Fuck you."

God I hope the investors get word of how Microsoft seems to be digging their own grave and start calling for heads.

Hear that? It's the sound of the avalanche of hate heading your way.

As much as I love my 360, it's not a PS4. It's also getting a bit long in the tooth, which isn't it's fault. It was looking forward to its well earned retirement and now this jackass has cancelled its pension plan because I don't want to be "online".

What might have been helpful here is an explanation of what these "advantages" are, and how they outweigh the huge disadvantages.

The sad thing is the console will still sell relatively well when ignorant dudebros are going to dish out $500 so they can play the next COD and BF4.

You know Microsoft, there's another new console that lets you play offline. It's called the WiiU. And there's another one coming out right around the time your new system comes out. It's called the PS4. And if I somehow end up with an XB1, there's a place where it will end up. It's called the trashcan.

Fuck you too, Mattrick. If there was any one reason to really not buy an XBox One is because it's supporting dirt bags like him that think that they have the right to pull shit like this. I'll be enjoying my PS4 and PC over here, might even pick up a Wii U at some point because fuck you, Mattrik.

I mean, you just told me you don't want my money. If that's the case, then I'll give it to someone else. Aren't you just a shrewd businessman?

Seriously, fuck you, Mattrick.

As an underprivileged, nuclear submarine-shackled individual, I take great offense to this.

Oh, and it's not like they needed to tell me to stick with my 360...
I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's either a PS4 or an upgraded video card for me.

They really do live in a bubble walled off from reality don't they?

DugMachine:
The sad thing is the console will still sell relatively well when ignorant dudebros are going to dish out $500 so they can play the next COD and BF4.

Like it or not those so-called dude bros are bringing in piles of money to support your hobby, so perhaps acting like a jackass to them isn't the best course of action.

I think someone may have accidentally spilled methamphetamines on Mr. Mattrick's shoe at one point, because he seems to be addicted to sticking his foot in his mouth.

Gabe Yaden:

DugMachine:
The sad thing is the console will still sell relatively well when ignorant dudebros are going to dish out $500 so they can play the next COD and BF4.

Like it or not those so-called dude bros are bringing in piles of money to support your hobby, so perhaps acting like a jackass to them isn't the best course of action.

Agreed. Be rare to find one that even bothers to research a console before hand though. I already have 3 friends that have pre-ordered the xbone. They're not the brightest people.

That's smart; attempt to get into the 7th gen gaming race...but encourage people to STILL get your old console.

Seriously, he's pretty much telling me to not buy a One; to stick with my current console and save myself some money. Genius, I say.

So, apparently the position of President of Interactive Entertainment Business at MS doesn't contain tact, empathy, or the ability to not stick your foot in your mouth every time you open it in the job description.

Seriously, Microsoft. From a long-time XBox player. Feel free to shove your new console so far up your ass that you bump yourself in the forehead.

Compatriot Block:
How has the PR department not told this guy to be quiet? He's gonna get himself promoted.

I fixed that for you.

But seriously, yeah. This guy doesn't have the basic sense that dissuading your base is a bad thing?

Wow, ain't this a big old fuck you to people who cant get an internet connection. Apparently Microsoft thinks we all have stable, high speed connections 24/7. While I do, quite a few of my friends don't. And its not like we live in the middle of no where.

Beautiful End:
That's smart; attempt to get into the 7th gen gaming race...but encourage people to STILL get your old console.

INSTEAD of your new one.

When failing to make a case for why people need the upgrade.

I'm sure it could be a great service, but it doesn't change the fact that there is no reason to implement online requirements. God forbid someone use the online services your console provides because they want to and not because they have to.

There just isn't a good reason to alienate so many people. Yes, it is totally unreasonable a single player game to work offline when the hardware running it is right in front of you.

Oh boy.

I believe that this is the final middle finger to Xbone fans that have shoddy internet connections.

Ya know, I really don't want any one to support this console. Because when you buy an Xbone, you're supporting Microsoft's terrible, anti-consumer business practices.

C'mon, gais! Move over to the PS4 side! We have used games. :D

I think I've even seen that bit but I somehow must have missed that part... wow:

He's basically telling people not to get their product. xD

And people who don't have always working Internet are apparently either on a Nuclear Submarine (They're not supporting the troops! Isn't that like bad in the US? :P) or imagining it.

Kudos Microsoft for being both dismissive of your customers AND the necessity of your customers buying your newest product.

They've gone past sticking their feet in their mouths to lodging their knees in their nose.

I love this new console generation, I would never have expected this much industry bumbling.

I hope they fail and crash hard - all of them - because otherwise they'll remain convinced they can keep doing the same thing.

Ugh Microsoft, this guy is awful, I didn't think you could dig a deeper hole, but this man is going at it with a shovel alongside your excavators.

Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360.

Fortunately Microsoft, Sony will have a product that can be played offline by the time the Xbone comes out. It's called the PS4.

They're loving what we do

HA!

and they're smart

Smart enough to see through your bullshit Microsoft.

So they look at all these things and they say, 'Hey, is this going to impact me in a negative way?'

No we look at this and say, 'Hey, this is going to impact me in a negative way.'

And until you use it, it's really hard to understand what all the advantages are

So tell us Microsoft, what are the advantages of not being able to play your single player games because your internet is down?

That's like saying 'You're not allowed to drive your car because the stereo isn't working.'

So full of shit.

I think this was meant to come across as "If you don't have access to internet, we also have another great product, the xbox 360!" instead of how it is perceived by most. From what I've seen, they'll support the 360 a bit longer... could be a bit like the PS2 that got (some?) new games although the PS3 was out for some time already.
I don't care much either way but I enjoy them company peoples mess up.

So, how many countries did MS tell to fuck off and buy a 360?

Still like to see what german authorities will do to the xbone.

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