Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment, has said if you can't meet Xbox One's 24-hour 'check-in' with the Internet then they have the answer: "it's called an Xbox 360."
"Fortunately we have a product for people that aren’t able to get some form of connectivity – it’s called an Xbox 360," Mattrick told GameTrailers.
The reason many are upset, outside of being forced to 'call home' to Microsoft, is that armed forces personnel don't exactly have the best of Internet connectivity and so would be unable to play Xbox One. Of course this applies to anymore in remote locations with no Internet access.
"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.’ I can empathize, if I was on a sub, I’d be disappointed." Yes we feel that empathy as you advise them to buy an Xbox 360 instead.
Meanwhile Sony has capitalised on the situation by declaring that PlayStation 4 has no strict demands whatsoever when it comes to connectivity, and that game sharing simply requires you to give the game to a friend -.
Is Microsoft now suffering under the weight of its own hubris?