Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, has stated that gamers without an Internet connection should just stick with the Xbox 360. Ouch.
In an interview that was conducted just prior to Microsoft's E3 conference, Mattrick told Gametrailers, "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360."
Emphasizing the role of online functionality in the upcoming console, which needs to connect to the web once every 24 hours, Mattrick stated, "if you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
Yes, because an offline console has never happened, in the history of gaming.
Mattrick further added, "Seriously, when I read the blogs and thought about who’s really 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 but I’ve got to imagine it’s not easy to get an internet connection."
However, the president did show some humanity when he stated, "But hey, I can empathise; if I was on a sub I’d be disappointed."
According to Mattrick, gamers are "imagining outcomes that are worse than what we believe it’s going to be in the real world," adding, "We did a lot of testing, a lot of consumer research and I think we made a good choice."
Ultimately, what it boils down to is that this was a lot of words from Mattrick to say one very simple thing: