iRant: The Microsoft Rumor Mill
This is not enough to speculate on. I could work for Apple, say I like my phones to have screens bigger than 4 inches, but that does not mean Apple will make a bigger iPhone. This is an opinion of one man in a massive company, and not nearly enough to change anything. I have said previously that the next Xbox will not block used games, or GameStop will cease relations with Microsoft, in which case I was right. With the small margin of people who actually pirate 360 games, possibly due to the difficulty to hack the console, it does not make sense for a company like Microsoft risk alienation of the rest of their customers by selling a console that might not work in areas without internet connection.
In a nutshell, gaming media outlets are blowing this out of proportions. A single man’s opinion does not dictate a multi million dollar software company, unless he is the CEO or President of said company, and this man does not look like Steve Ballmer to me. While I can not confirm what was said is true or false, I can confirm that this man is voicing his opinion of the matter, and that this whole story was blown out of proportions. Essentially what Kotaku did is write an article about how the Xbox will have an always online connection due to their mystical “sources”, then take the response of an angry Microsoft employee, and publicise it.
I also doubt that GameStop would like the new Xbox if it had an always online DRM and used game blocking features, but the CEO just said that it “will be a very hot, compelling device”, which he would have obviously not have if either of these features were true. To summarize, gaming journalism is a cesspool of unsourced leaks and stupid rumors. Unless the announcement is from Microsoft itself, take everything you read about the next Xbox with enough grains of salt to kill a large snail.