Microsoft's Don Mattrick Offers Some Advice for Soldiers: Buy an Xbox 360

June 12, 2013 -

Microsoft's Don Mattrick seems to live in an alternate universe where throwing gasoline on a fire puts it out. It doesn't in this one. Speaking to GameTrailers, Mattrick said that consumers who are concerned about connectivity issues - for example soldiers that might deployed overseas or someone deployed on a submarine - have an option for this generation: buy an Xbox 360.

"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," Mattrick said. "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."

Naturally this kind of messaging will probably not win Microsoft any favors with those in the military, their families, their friends and the community in general. Mattrick goes on to say that he is not surprised by the pushback on connectivity, but counters that until people use it they won't fully understand how it works:

"It's a super passionate community of people. They're loving what we do," Mattrick said. "It's very important to them and they're opinionated. And they're smart. So they look at all those things and say, 'Hey, is this going to impact me in a negative way?' And until you use it, it's really hard to understand what all the advantages are."

Of course learning how things work to the tune of $500 is a pretty expensive lesson - particularly if you view that experience as a negative one...

Source: GameSpot


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I bet this guy thinks Games For Windows Live, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 was a sucess

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And then military personnel STILL can't play their games because the game requires an update they cannot get.

Or better, Microsoft stops supporting the 360.

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Hey, servicemembers, I'm taking it as "If you can't get online, get a PS4 and/or a Wii U instead of an Xbox One!"

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If anything, I'm compelled to offload the 360 I have.  That company isn't going to be receiving any more of my money through their gaming division.

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"It's a service based world"

Hey Mattrick, service this! /me extends middle finger

 

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The problem isn't that we "don't fully understand how it works", it's that we understand how it won't work under some very reasonable and plausible scenarios, and we think that's bullshit.

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I can not decide if Microsoft is boldly stepping into what they think is the future of gaming, or blindly stumbling into a sea of broken glass. Either way, consumers just don't like their attitude nor their policies. And statements like the above are not helping them sell XBones.

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'So they look at all those things and say, 'Hey, is this going to impact me in a negative way?' And until you use it, it's really hard to understand what all the advantages are.'

Interesting line of thinking when the very nature of the hardware will impact everyone negatively who does not have Internet access or they have very poor access. "Until people who are unable to use the device use it, they will not understand how great using something they can't use can be."

- Physical media forever!

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I can't wait till this thing is fully jailbroken!


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