Microsoft Apologises For Director's Comments
But it still looks like next-gen Xbox will always need a web connection...
Microsoft has apologised for [uuid=7b0e1077-3cde-4a3c-a382-c43bddeb3731]Xboxgames console.
Adam Orth had dismissed concerns that the new device will need to be permanently connected to the internet - telling gamers to "deal with it" - and further upset some Twitter users by appearing to belittle several US locations.
But although the firm said sorry for his less-than-diplomatic approach, it has not denied that the new device will require a constant internet link.
A message on the firm's Major Nelson blog read: "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."
And games site Kotaku appears to have confirmed that the new device WILL be always-connected.
A developer told the site anonymously: "Unless something has changed recently. Durango (the codename for the new Xbox) consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used.
"If there isn't a connection, no games or apps can be started. If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time - currently three minutes, if I remember correctly - the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started."