We all know that the Xbox One’s requirement to always be connected to the internet has caused quite a stir, as has Redmond, WA. based Microsoft’s inability to clearly define what rights owners of the upcoming “next gen” console will have with the software they’ve paid for.
This has, of course, gotten many people up in arms and one of the people who commented was a soldier stationed aboard a nuclear submarine who mentioned that they don’t have internet access.
And what did Don Mattrick have to say about this?
If you can’t get internet, buy a 360 “That’s an offline device”.
So what Don Mattrick is really saying is this: If you live in an area where there’s no internet, I don’t care about your ability to play next-gen games. Even if you are a soldier who is fighting for this country, I don’t care about your ability to play next-gen games. Even if you use video games as a way to, even for a few brief minutes, escape the horrors of war and forget about the bullets that have been flying at your face, I don’t care about your ability to play next-gen games. And if you live on a nuclear sub where you are in constant danger of being crushed like a tin can under a car tire and then being smashed to bits and drowned by the weight of hundreds of feet of water, I don’t care about your ability to play next-gen games…Either stop being a loser and get some internet or go buy a 360, because that’s an offline device.
Don Mattrick’s original statement was simple and uncaring:
Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360
Even the reporter sounded shocked when he asked “So stick with 360? That’s your message if you don’t like it?”
Don followed up with:
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 was 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 got to imagine that it’s not easy to get an internet connection.
I can’t imagine the chief of one of the largest tech companies in the world being more flippant about the ability of his customers to use his products.
Well, Don, I think people are going to be sticking to the PS4 instead. Way to launch bullets at your gaming division. Maybe next time you should have a PR person do the talking because you’re clearly not good at it. While you’re at it, you should let them make your business decisions as well because you’re not too good at those either.
Here’s hoping Bill takes his chair back.