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Microsoft says if your internet can't support Xbox One, use 360

If your internet connection can't meet Xbox One's requirements, Microsoft advises you stick with Xbox 360. Both Microsoft Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattrick and Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer stressed the benefits of Xbox One's approach versus its potential drawbacks in separate interviews.

"It's something that when people experience it, it's easier than having people like me describe it," Mattrick said in a GameTrailers interview before the company's E3 press conference. "It really is powerful, and we did a lot of testing, and a lot of consumer research, and we think we made a really good choice."

"Fortunately, we have a product for people who can't get some form of connectivity, and it's called Xbox 360," Mattrick added. "If you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device."

Phil Spencer used a cell phone analogy in an interview with Destructoid: if you live somewhere without good reception, you won't buy a cell phone. He also recommended Xbox 360 for players whose online connections aren't up to the task.

"The 360 ecosystem is a great ecosystem for somebody that's in a purely disconnected state for long periods of time," Spencer said. "We have built a natively connected device with Xbox One and we think the experiences are moving in that direction."

Whether consumers move on to Microsoft's vision of a connected future or prefer Sony's more flexible online approach remains to be seen.

83 comments

  • pokepark7 - June 14, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    well i guess i will stay with my 360
  • mbavalo - June 14, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Just the other day, they said something that roughly translated to "the uninformed general public shall be the majority of people that buy the Xbox One rather than core gamers" So.. if they expect uninformed people to buy the system, how do they expect the same people to know that it needs an active internet connection? I see a large number of people owning very expensive bricks in 2014
  • sharknjar - June 13, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    Retailers are going to have to take a class in order to go through all the disclaimers that go with this system before purchase. Average consumers don't want to think about all this crap when buying electronics.
  • death4us - June 13, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Microsoft has the fatal foot in mouth disease that is trying to kill off Xbox. The only cure is to fire the idiots in-charge of the Xbox and hire some people with half a brain at least.
  • Fireninjastar - June 13, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    360 is still better, anyways.
  • MD-Stranger - June 13, 2013 3:29 a.m.

    Ahhh Microsoft, everyday you find a way to offend gamers everywhere.
  • GOD - June 13, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    Microsoft must have done all their research and focus groups with online surveys.... Just wait until the first instance of a hack on the system (with big brother kinect you know someone will try) and then Microsoft will be forced to shut down the servers like all companies do to assess the situation while the hackers are cut off. Meanwhile every single Xbox One in the world will turn into a doorstop once it's been 24 hours since their last check in and indefinitely until the servers are back up. At least during the PSN outage the actual system still worked. They also neglect to acknowledge that even some people who have internet can't necessarily get their console hooked up to it. Plenty of people really on wifi these days, and a lot of the younger demographics don't always have good enough signal to reach their console from the room their allowed to have it in. And which console are parents more likely to get for their kids? One of the one's that works the moment you plug it in, or the one that requires you have it connected to the internet and have it's ever watching camera plugged in and turned on?
  • Balaska - June 13, 2013 3:18 a.m.

    Also the one that is cheapest...
  • Smash_Bro - June 12, 2013 11:54 p.m.

    In Microsoft's defense...they have a point here. I mean, what amount of the legitimate gaming crowd DOESN'T have access to internet at least once a day? Even the more casual gamers would most likely have internet connections of some sort. It's still a ridiculous requirement for the console's basic functionality, and the PR is being handled atrociously. But I'm sure that it won't be (much of) an actual issue by the time people have their XBones.
  • ParagonT - June 13, 2013 4:27 a.m.

    Funny that you say that, my ISP has been down for the last 23 hours. Frankly, it happens more often than not. Because I'm locked into this one ISP because they are the only providers in this county.
  • gadjo - June 14, 2013 2 a.m.

    Oh no, not this damn argument again. They have brainwashed you, brother! You must resist! It is not acceptable to force you to have a daily internet connection while a camera watches you call of duty 10: GUNS.
  • Uncompetative - June 12, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    The 360 is great. I've got 155 games for it and even the one with a Metacritic score of 28% (Rogue Warrior) was ludicrously so-bad-its-good fun, bought from Amazon for peanuts. However, I have pre-ordered a PS4. I don't want ONE.
  • winner2 - June 12, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    I love the human instinct of self preservation and personal prosperity. If I were him, I wouldn't give a fuck what any of the angry people think at this point because I'd probably have plenty of money to retire and live comfortably if things got bad enough for me to step down or quietly disappear.
  • codystovall - June 12, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    It will be very interesting how xbox one sells, followed by the complaints and returns by people who cant use it.
  • The Mad Prophet - June 12, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    I imagine that's why they're telling people that cannot use it not to bother buying it.
  • brickman409 - June 12, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    wow, they're basically telling people not to buy their new system... well at least they're honest!
  • JAZ9030 - June 12, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    Microsoft has become so obsessed with finding ways to make money, that they lost sight at where the moneys at. "I'm sorry Microsoft the money right here is walking off to buy a PS4 most likely."
  • rainn'sgaydar - June 12, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    By that logic, our solution for when your servers fail at launch will be to find money somewhere else. A simple solution for your simple solution.
  • Jonnypan - June 12, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    I think their servers will be perfectly able to handle the paltry number of Xbox Ones that will be sold due to all of this hubub

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