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Microsoft issues an apology over employee's Xbox comments on Twitter

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By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

April 6, 2013 | 2 min read

Microsoft has issued a statement of apology over Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth’s comments on the next-generation Xbox.

Orth took to twitter to hit back at negative comments relating to rumours the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection.

He said: "Sorry, I don't get the drama over having an "always on" console. Every device is now “always-on”. That’s the World we live in.”

In subsequent tweets he said: “Sometimes the electricity goes out. [So] I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner.”

“The mobile reception in the area I live is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone.”

“Every device is now ‘always-on’. Deal with it.”

When he was reminded that not everyone can have guaranteed internet access – in places such as Janesville, Wisconsin or Blacksberg, Virginia – Orth said: "Why on earth would I live there?"

Microsoft then issued a statement saying: “We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.

“We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”

Microsoft is expected to reveal the next-generation Xbox in the coming months.

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