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Microsoft Exec: Want an Offline Xbox? Use a 360

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Microsoft upset many gamers when it announced that the Xbox One will require an Internet connection at all times, but Microsoft executive Don Mattrick says the company has an offline option for gamers: the Xbox 360.

When asked about an option for offline gaming in an interview with Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers, Microsoft Xbox chief Don Mattrick said “fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360.” He continued saying “if you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device.”

Gamers who have no web access can’t play the next generation console from Microsoft, and Mattrick’s response is simply to keep using the current console. During its E3 press conference Microsoft showed off a few Xbox 360 titles including the new World of Tanks and the upcoming Dark Souls 2, but there was no mention of big first-party games from Microsoft Studios coming to the aging console.

Mattrick’s response also seems to ignore gamers who simply have unreliable Internet connections. Some gamers may have trouble connecting to the web for the Xbox One’s daily check-in with Microsoft’s servers.

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The Xbox 360 may soon see a dashboard update that will take a few design cues from the Xbox One, showing that Microsoft won’t abandon the console. The big question is how many games will come out for the console over the next few years. Many third-party games will launch on current and next-generation consoles later this year, but it’s not clear when that trend will end.

Gamers who want a next-generation console that doesn’t require an Internet connection can buy a PlayStation 4. Sony won’t require a connection to validate disc-based PS4 games, though it will let third-party publishers like EA and Activision implement DRM on their games. The PlayStation 4 is also $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, making it more attractive to gamers on a budget.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

7 Comments

  1. Gabriel

    06/13/2013 at 8:30 pm

    Vista, windows 8, x box 1…….. Seems Microsoft know what we want! Yet again not listening to the market. Been x box original and 360 fan for over decade now, but I guess they don’t need me, so I’ll pop over to Sony……. Goodbye idiots. The disdain you continue to show your customers is appalling.

  2. Mighty Viking Hamster

    06/14/2013 at 2:23 am

    Can someone fire this man…. preferably out of orbit?

  3. Warcen

    06/15/2013 at 10:50 am

    i actualy dont think that the nuclear sub was a joke

  4. 1000km

    06/16/2013 at 11:30 am

    Thanks MS: you’ve made it so much easier for me to decide which next-gen console to buy.

  5. ace8ball

    06/16/2013 at 3:51 pm

    Commercial suicide or what, where did they get this guy from, I have both a ps3 and xbox360, needless to say I will only be getting 1 next gen console, no prizes for guessing which 1.

  6. Luka

    06/18/2013 at 2:49 am

    Now I know what console will i buy. Thanks to the Mattrick’s statement i choose PS4 over XBOX One.

  7. obE

    06/18/2013 at 2:52 am

    I personally think that the government is somehow involved in this move. Kinects needs to be connected and camera on all the dame time during gameplay and other activities. They will be spying on you. No doubt about that. Sorry X1, i got a new partner. She’s called PS4. I know i love you, but she’ll do until you get your mind straight.

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