Microsoft’s adopted Sony’s Arrogance

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Sony unanimously won the last generation of the console war – with the PlayStation 2 becoming one of the best selling gaming systems of all time. That victory in hand, they kicked off the current generation with a terrible sense of arrogance – so wonderfully encapsulated by Ken Kutaragi’s bold statement that everybody should get a second job to buy a PlayStation 3.

They seem to have learned from that unbridled arrogance and have become a little more humble as a result. Microsoft, on the other hand, started the generation as the underdog – but have become a major force to be reckoned with as the top selling HD console in the US, taking away Sony’s crown. They also seem to have inherited Sony’s arrogance.

In an interview on Gametrailers, Xbox head Don Mattrick responded to questions about the Xbox One’s perpetual internet connection with a rather assuming, supercilious comment.

“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360,” he said.“If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device.”

He affirms that people need to see and play the thing before judging it and its internet connectivity.

“I think in the long run, we’ll build a global leading product that people are going to love and embrace,” he said.

“It’s very important to them and they’re opinionated. And they’re smart. So they look at all those things and say ‘Hey, is this going to impact me in a negative way?’ And until you use it, it’s really hard to understand what all the advantages are.”

Other than hot swopping games, and the extra cloud processing, I can’t really think of many advantages – especially not when my internet is down because I live in Africa.

Last Updated: June 12, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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