Microsoft Studios' Creative Director, Adam Orth, who sent out a series of controversial tweets regarding the “always online” Xbox consoles last week, is no longer with Microsoft. It isn’t clear if Orth was fired from his position or whether he simply resigned in the wake of the controversy. Polygon has confirmed with its sources that Orth is indeed not with Microsoft anymore.
The company has so far been quiet about the departure of the man who generated a wave of anti-Microsoft sentiments all over social networking websites with his tweets. "We do not comment on private personnel matters," a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon, which is understandable, since Microsoft would not want to shift too much focus on the matter that seems to slowly dying out.
"Deal with it"
Orth leaving Microsoft has only managed to raise more questions. Firstly, it is unclear whether he quit because of the controversy or whether he was fired for his brazen revelation of the fact that Microsoft could indeed be mulling an “always online” console.
In his tweets, Orth stated that he did not understand the fuss about the new Xbox requiring constant Internet connections. It's speculated his “deal with it” attitude confirmed the rumours. He said just because some things aren’t completely reliable, they shouldn’t be unused. He used some analogies for this: "The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone,” said one tweet. Another said, “Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner.”
He tweeted, “I want every device to be “always on,” and followed that with, “Those people should definitely get with the times and get the internet. It’s awesome.”
The tweets sparked a furore on Reddit, Twitter and most of the social network space, and in light of the controversy, Microsoft had to issue a statement apologising for the tweets. Microsoft's Major Nelson said, "We apologise 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."
We contacted a Microsoft representative about the possibility of requiring a constant Internet connection to play games on the next-gen Xbox, but the answer was a simple, “No comment.”
Microsoft will unveil the next-gen Xbox on May 21, according to Paul Thurrott of What The Tech fame. The event was originally planned to be held in April, but the date seems to have been pushed back.
It was speculated that the next-gen Xbox would be revealed at an event in April because of Eventcore registering the URL www.xboxevent.com. Eventcore has earlier aided Microsoft in events like E3 2012.