Microsoft's Don Mattrick seems to live in an alternate universe where throwing gasoline on a fire puts it out. It doesn't in this one. Speaking to GameTrailers, Mattrick said that consumers who are concerned about connectivity issues – for example soldiers that might deployed overseas or someone deployed on a submarine – have an option for this generation: buy an Xbox 360.
"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," Mattrick said. "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
Naturally this kind of messaging will probably not win Microsoft any favors with those in the military, their families, their friends and the community in general. Mattrick goes on to say that he is not surprised by the pushback on connectivity, but counters that until people use it they won't fully understand how it works:
"It's a super passionate community of people. They're loving what we do," Mattrick 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."
Of course learning how things work to the tune of $500 is a pretty expensive lesson – particularly if you view that experience as a negative one…