Xbox One: people are imagining negative ‘always-online’ outcomes, says Mattrick

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s online verification checks have been discussed by Microsoft’s Don Mattrick in a new interview, in which he suggests people are imagining worst-case scenarios that aren’t there.

During an interview with GameTrailers he said of the stir caused by online checks, “We appreciate the passion. It’s important that people share their ideas, but people are imagining outcomes that we believe are worse than what it’s going to be like in the real world.

“When we designed the box we paid attention to what it means to connect to the internet. The average internet connection is working the majority of the day. People are imagining that it isn’t, but I don’t feel that’s the world we live in.”

Elsewhere in the discussion Mattrick confirmed that Microsoft did expect some backlash for its decision to authenticate Xbox One consoles once every 24-hours via online check-in, but he argued that people will see the benefit once they start using the console. He then added, “It’s something that when people experience it, it’s easier than having someone like me describe it.”

We’re yet to see these benefits in practice, but during the same interview Mattrick said that if you don’t have an internet connection then you should just get an Xbox 360. Read what he said here.

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