Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Microsoft's solution for always-connected Xbox One woes: The last-generation Xbox 360

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If you can't or don't want to have to have an Internet connection to play your games, Microsoft has a solution for you. It's not Sony's PlayStation 4. Instead it's the aging (let's be honest here) Xbox 360, as the company noted in a Tuesday interview.

Yep, if you don't want to be saddled with the "must check in with the mother ship" once a day DRM on the Xbox One, you c can simply buy the last-generation Xbox 360.

Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, said the following as he was interviewed by Geoff Keighley of Spike TV at E3:
Mattrick: Some of the advantages that you get, of having, a box that is designed to use an online state, so, that, uh, to me is the future-proof choice, and I think people, could've arguably gone the other way if we didn't do it, and fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360.

Keighley: Right, so stick with 360; that's your message if you don't [inaudible] like it?

Mattrick: Well, if you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device. I mean, seriously, 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," and I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've gotta imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection.

Keighley : Planning on playing Call of Duty multiplayer on a sub?

Mattrick: Hey, I can empathize, where if I was on a sub, I'd be disappointed.
The Xbox One's must-be-connected requirement has caused an uproar among gamers.

Sony, for one, took advantage of that "feature" in their PS4 presentation, as that video console does not have the requirement, and the company made sure folks knew it. Sony also scored by pricing the PS4 $100 less than the Xbox One, at $399 (admittedly, the Xbox One's $499 price includes Kinect).

The interview with Mattrick is embedded.

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