Xbox 720: Microsoft Apologizes For ‘Always Online’ Tweets, Refuses To Confirm

Microsoft has apologized for the Xbox 720 “always online” tweets yesterday, but refuses to confirm whether or not they are true.

In a not-so-surprising turn of events, after Microsoft employee Adam Orth tweeted his response to the drama surrounding the perhaps-rumor that the Xbox 720 will require an always online connection, Microsoft says they’re sorry about that. However, in the recent trend of secrecy and silence surrounding the Xbox 720, they are continuing to neither confirm or deny it.

This is nowhere near the first time Microsoft has refused to comment on rumors. Just this past week, they were rumored to have sent zebra striped consoles, controllers and Kinect units to all of their videogame developers, to the speculation that they don’t want their design stolen before they are ready to announce it themselves.

Later this same week, it was rumored by an insider that Microsoft will be announcing the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) at an event in May. Again, Microsoft refuses to deny or confirm the rumor.

It was said earlier that specs surrounding the Xbox 720 were leaked, and Microsoft is going out of their way to stop the leaking of information about their upcoming console. Microsoft is keeping quiet on all rumors, hopefully to stave off anyone attempting to steal their ideas or whatnot.

Yesterday, there was a bit of drama surrounding what was considered a fact that the Xbox 720 is going to require an always online connection. Adam Orth began answering questions about it, much to many people’s chagrin.

To clarify, Adam Orth is (or may have been) the creative director at Microsoft Studios, and his responses were uncalled for. In essence, he said that consoles should always be online, and we need to get with the times and follow suit. And later on, he mocked people for not believing the same as he does, that everyone should move into big cities and get internet.

Microsoft has apologized for Adam Orth’s tweets, as Larry Hryb has stated in his company blog:

“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.”

What do you think of Microsoft’s apology for the “always online” twitter statements, and their refusal to deny or confirm the rumor?