So you don't have a high-speed broadband internet connection to check in every 24 hours for the Xbox One or use any of the Cloud-based gaming features? Well, you better stick with an Xbox 360, so says Microsoft's President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick.
While in a quick in-and-out interview with everyone's favorite Dorito Pope over at Gametrailers, Mattrick drops the comments, which you can check out in the video above. It's quick, it's snappy and it's only 17 seconds before the exec absconds, just the way Microsoft had said they would. I couldn't make this stuff up even if I tried...and boy have I tried.
Apparently Microsoft is trying to get the video off the interwebs, according to YouTube user Redemption Unleashed, and rightfully so, they can't have anymore of their top executives being honest. That's how they got in trouble the first time.
In case the video goes down and we can't get a mirror up in time, here's a transcript of what Mattrick says, courtesy in part by PlayStation Lifestyle...
"Fortunately we have a product for people aren't able to get some form of connectivity: it's called Xbox 360."
"If you have zero access, [the 360] is an offline device. I mean, when I read the blogs and thought about who really is 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 [grins] – but I imagine it’s not easy to get an internet connection. I can empathize, if I was on a sub, I’d be disappointed."
Yeah, Don, you get those naysayers. That's telling them! That's telling them real, real, real good.
This is opposite of that evil device called the PlayStation 4, where Sony's U.S. President of operations Jack Tretton mentioned during the Sony E3 press conference that...
“We believe in the model that people embrace with the PlayStation 3. When a gamer buys a PlayStation 4 disc they have the rights to use that copy of the game. They can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend or keep it forever.”
In addition, PlayStation 4 disc-based games don't need to be connect online to play or for any type of authentication. If you enjoy playing single-player games offline, the PS4 won't require you to check-in online periodically. And it won't stop working if you haven't authenticated within 24 hours.
Oh yeah, Sony and their darn pro-consumer tactics. How wretched. Did you also see that they had the nerve to offer paying consumers the incentive of a region-free PS4 device? Oh, the nerve. And then, worse yet, Sony is letting up-and-coming, creative indie artist self-publish on their console as if it were an open platform...oh the humanity!
Microsoft has made it known that they won't be stooping so low; they'll be maintaining a strict region block to keep the xeno-content out. Nationalism for the win. They'll enforce AAA content by preventing those peasant indies with their money-making ideas from self-publishing and the 24 hour check-in, permanent Kinect operation and game account locking is in place to protect Xbox One users from any unsanctioned or disallowed content...just the way the masters of our imperialist technocracy like it.
Four is greater than one, yes...but the one will attempt to control us all.
(Thanks for the tip Oriol Zertuche!)