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While Microsoft continues to keep quiet about its plans for the next Xbox game console, the rumors continue to fly that the hardware will include a feature that will require the console have an "always on" Internet connection to play games and use its apps. On Thursday, a creative director at Microsoft Studios took to his Twitter account to offer his personal opinion on the subject, and it's a stance that's not proving to be a popular one.

Adam Orth, who joined Microsoft Studios in 2012 after previously working at PopCap Games and LucasArts, posted the following message on his Twitter account Thursday.

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While Orth has since protected his Twitter account, a forum poster at NeoGAF collected his messages on the subject, which included his exchange with BioWare game designer Manveer Heir. As you can see, Heir points out that solid Internet connections are not universal in the U.S., but Orth seems to brush aside that argument, basically saying that people who live in those parts of the country should not live there.

It's important to point out that Orth was expressing his personal opinion on the "always on" debate and his views should not be construed as an official stance from Microsoft itself. However, the fact that his statements have been slammed universally by gamers in lots of message boards and news comments should give Microsoft some indication on how gamers feel about this feature possibly being put into the next Xbox.

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Microsoft apologizes for employee's 'inappropriate' Twitter comments

Microsoft has now issued a formal apology for comments made by one of its employees on Twitter Thursday concerning the "always on" game console debate, saying they were "inappropriate".

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth went on Twitter on Thursday to debate the currently trending topic of the "always on" game console, in the wake of rumors that Microsoft's next version of the Xbox would have to be connected to the Internet to play games. While Orth's comments were never thought of as "official" statements on the matter from Microsoft, his declarations about how people who have poor Internet connectivity should perhaps not live in their locations, among other statements, got a ton of negative responses on Internet message boards and news comments.

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Apparently, the negative comments from gamers were loud enough that Microsoft decided to finally step in. In a statement posted today on its Major Nelson website, Microsoft 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.

It's not currently known if Orth was reprimanded by Microsoft for his Twitter statement. We have emailed Microsoft to find out if they have made any actions against Orth for his comments. Meanwhile, the company did not confirm or deny that it has an "always on" Internet plan for the next Xbox, or indeed if they are even developing the successor to the Xbox 360.

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"Always On" requirement is absurd, period. That being said, as far as I can tell he wasn't talking as spokesmen of Microsoft but as his own personal opinion which is he is entitled to and I don't think Microsoft should apologize for that or anyone for that matter.

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"Always On" requirement is absurd, period. That being said, as far as I can tell he wasn't talking as spokesmen of Microsoft but as his own personal opinion which is he is entitled to and I don't think Microsoft should apologize for that or anyone for that matter.

They haven't apologised for him. They have apologised (or secured) for their upcoming lost XBOX 720 sales and current prejudice of people about the upcoming console. :P

It's funny though, Sony says they won't have always on, but say nothing is final, on the other side, they have patented the always on feature. And here, on opposite, Microsoft is showing that they are as confused as we are. As if, both are waiting to see whether either one of them finally announce that they have "always on" feature, so that other can avoid the stone throwing of the fans.

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Modern piracy is the little peoples way of saying, "Hey! We need stuff too, you have 99 percent of it all, let us have 1 percent of it for free."

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