Microsoft’s Don Mattrick Tells Internet-Less Gamers To Stick With Last-Gen Consoles (video)

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Update: Video added of the interview.

By now, if you haven’t heard about the Xbox One’s mandatory Internet connectivity, you’ve clearly been living in, around, or underneath some sort of rock formation. The console, which Microsoft has continued to flaunt at this year’s E3 conference, requires gamers to connect to the web every 24 hours in order to maintain usability. As should be obvious, this causes issues for the thousands of Xbox fans who live off the grid, are centered on certain army bases, or don’t like to pay monthly fees for Internet access. Even worse, there’s a pretty crazy phenomenon called a “blackout” in which a civilized population loses electricity for a period of time.

As IGN has reported, someone finally asked company president Don Mattrick how internet-less gamers should deal with the next console cycle. Here’s what he had to say:

“Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called the Xbox 360.” 

To translate, it seems as if the company isn’t too concerned about the fans who won’t be making the jump to Xbox One. Don Mattrick’s advice, which essentially tells gamers to stick with aging hardware, comes off as disrespectful to the many people who have, over the years, contributed to the overall success of the tech giant.

Luckily, there’s a solution. Both Sony and Nintendo have stated (very clearly) that compulsive connectivity would be antithetical to their individual business philosophies, and as such, neither the PS4 nor the Wii U will be restrictive in this way. Even better, these two consoles are also much cheaper than the Xbox One. While Microsoft seems to exude indifference at the thought of losing this fraction of their fan base, it’s starting to look like the company’s insolent policies might be leaving a larger mark on consumers. Don’t believe me? Take a quick stroll on over to RedditTwitter, or really any other media outlet.



William Herbert

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    For gamers by gamers. Such a load of crap. No gamer in their right mind would think DRM is a good idea. Or internet always on. Dude needs to be sh*t canned from his job.


    Umm, if a civilized population loses electricity for a period of time, you’re not going to be able to use *any* console during the blackout, right?


      Unless you have a generator. And there is no generator for Internet connectivity, though one could call in using a smartphone running a hotspot.

    Chris Courtois

    Don Mattrick is a corporatist moron. I honestly think he doesn’t even realize how much scum he has in his brain. Clown of the Earth. I’d like to think he’s pretending to be retarded on purpose, but face it with Microsoft’s “progress” lately it’s clear the company is full of morons, starting with Ballmer at the top… Buffoons will lead morons.


    Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called the Playstation 4

      Chris Courtois

      PS4 is the only next gen console that will be on the market anyways. The idiots developing X Box one must’ve had crap in their ears. They were told console, and they heard “Set top box”. Takes a lot of ear damage and dirt in the drums to mistake “console” for “set top box”. Likely the collective IQ at Ballmersoft also has to do with this misunderstanding.


        Don Mattrick is ex-EA. That puts a lot of things into perspective. Xbox 360 was available from November 22, 2005 when things were good. Mattrick joined Microsoft in 2007 as a VP and by 2010 was the President of xbox operations and now in 2013 we have the xbone.

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