Game Informer’s sources have mentioned that Adam Orth, who served in Microsoft as creative director, has departed the company. Earlier last week Orth made several comments on Twitter that resulted in quite a bit of backlash from the gaming community. These include:
“sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console. Every device is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in”
Orth ended that with the hashtag “#dealwithit.” He also added that people should “definitely get with the times and get the internet” and “I want every device to be ‘always on.’”
There’s been a deal of controversy around the rumors that the Xbox 720 would need to be constantly connected to the internet for games to work—much like the recently released SimCity—resulting in backlash towards the rumored move. Microsoft has attempted to distance itself from Orth’s comments calling them “inappropriate” and apologizing. They also stated that Adam Orth was “not a spokesperson for Microsoft” and that his views do not reflect Microsoft’s approach and interaction with consumers.
Microsoft also stated that they apologize if anyone was offended and that as it stands, they haven’t made any official announcements about what the next Xbox’s plans and features.