Not 100 per cent sure you can access a stable Internet connection for your video game console? Then Microsoft’s chief of interactive design, Don Mattrick, thinks you should just go ahead and forget about the Xbox One. The aging Xbox 360 is good enough for you.
Mattrick attempted to address concerns about the Xbox One’s “always online” requirement in a recent interview. Microsoft has announced the Xbox One will need to be online at least once every 24 hours or it won’t be able to play games.
That raised concerns from people who don’t have a stable Internet connection and people who’d like to be able to play games in places where there simply aren’t high-speed links available.
But Mattrick showed little sympathy for those people. He suggested those folks without an Internet connection — and for his example Mattrick suggested someone living on a deep-sea submarine (apparently he’s never been outside the city in his life) — stick with the Xbox 360.
“Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360,” Mattrick said. “If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device.”
For the record: the Xbox 360 is now just under eight years old. It’s unlikely to receive new games for more than a year or two following the release of the Xbox One.
So, will this attitude affect your approach to the next generation of consoles? Does it make you want to purchase a PlayStation 4, or is “always online” no big deal to you?