Microsoft suggests buying an Xbox 360 if internet is a problem for you

With Microsoft refusing to budge on its plans to impose strict online requirements, implement aggressive DRM strategies and regulate used games sales, you would think the company would just try and let this PR nightmare pass. Unfortunately for them, Don Mattrick is quite talkative and isn’t afraid to express his feelings on the hotly debated topic.

In a video interview, Don Mattrick was asked about folks such as those in the armed forces who find it difficult to find a reliable internet connection — that’s if they can get an internet connection at all. What did he suggest those folks do? Buy an Xbox 360.

It’s a baffling remark, really, but it doesn’t even stop there. He followed that remark up by saying he’s seen comments from service members who are on “nuclear subs,” and that he can’t even comprehend what it’s like to be on one of those. That was a lead-up to reiterate his point: folks in those more “unique” situations should look to go with Microsoft’s console that’s been out since 2005.

Microsoft obviously won’t suggest people go out and buy a PlayStation 4 in place of one of their own products, but Don Mattrick just had to know that this comment wouldn’t go down well with the gaming public, let alone those who are actually in the military facing this problem. One member of the armed forces remarked in a YouTube comment that Mattrick’s words were “arrogant and ungrateful.”

Others took this opportunity to remind Mattrick that it isn’t just those in the military — it affects those in areas where internet just isn’t readily available, or isn’t as great as other areas. Think of those in the mountains who rely on satellite internet speeds which could easily be slower than dial-up. Think about those in developing nations who might want to get an Xbox One someday, but can’t complete this side of the necessities equation (the other side being the availability of power and a TV).

Microsoft has every right to stick to its guns in the matter, but if you’re going to be stubborn and refuse to budge we would at least appreciate it if the company chose more careful wording and approached the issue with a bit more sensitive of a tone. Watch the short clip above.

  • Guest

    Are you finding yourself frustrated with the lack of internet service in your area? Then look no further and buy a PS4, no internet require! Whats that, you don’t have a TV? Not a problem, buy yourself a Wii U, it’s about as innovative as the PS4, no internet service OR payment require, AND it has it’s own mini touchpad TV. What’s that, you are rich and don’t know which to chose from? What are you waiting for then mate! buy a PS4 AND a Wii U! Happy gaming!

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  • Guest

    Hey you, yes you! Are ya finding yourself frustrated with the lack of internet service in your area? Then look no further and buy a PS4, no internet require! Whats that, you don’t have a TV? Not a problem, buy yourself a Wii U, it’s about as innovative as the PS4, no internet service OR payment require, AND it has it’s own mini touchpad TV. What’s that, you are rich and don’t know which to chose from? What are you waiting for then mate! buy a PS4 AND a Wii U! Happy gaming!

    COMMERCIAL: Felling lonely? Have you tried everything to help solve your problems? Have low income or no money at all? Buy yourself a bible mate, read it, and listen to what God has to say! Have someone who will fight with you in your struggles! Happy living!

    • majora :D

      about as innovative? ABOUT as innovative? seriously?

    • Clel

      About as innovative…? Tell me, how exactly is the PS4 innovative? No, I’m not saying a system has to be innovative to be good. But what’s innovative about it? A touchpad? A share button? More power?

  • Nintendofreak

    there is no word in the DICtionary to express how much of a dick sucking douche bag he is

  • Denvy

    Buy a 360 instead” Seriously, PS4 and Wii U will be more appealing as it’s actually NEXT GEN. Geez. “Buy our old product instead”. Seriously?

  • bizzy gie

    Wanna lend a game to a friend? CAN’T!

    Wanna play incredible indie games? CAN’T!

    Wanna use your console without it tracking your emotions and heartbeat? CAN’T!

    Want to play games without internet? CAN’T!

    …buuuuuuuut you CAN buy our older, soon-to-be obsolete console that LOOKS like the next gen console.

    Way to say thanks to the troops who are giving their life for this country and still manage time to pay and play your video game console.

  • David Narada Brown

    dumbest statement ever. he may as well say the xbox 1 isnt for everyone. what company would release a product and not want everyone to at least consider it? PS4 is gonna kill xbox this go round. smh! Microsoft sounds a lot like apple with this release.

  • greengecko007

    He may the president of interactive entertainment at Microsoft, but he is not a well spoken person at all. Microsoft either needs to keep away from the press, and do only official statements through their own conferences, or get better people to speak for their company.

    Unless Microsoft plans to continue to support the Xbox 360 during Xbox One’s life cycle, the statement that people without internet should buy a 360 is idiotic. I think the Xbox One will still make Microsoft plenty of money, even if it only sells in areas where internet is widely available. But they are digging themselves farther in a hole with press encounters like this. This has become a joke.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    What a joke….

  • Dan

    What drove me nuts about this interview in its entirety was how the interviewer, who was from Spike TV with their obviously biased Microsoft coverage, patronized Don through the entire thing. Then when he later interviews Reggie over at Nintendo, he spends the whole time maliciously attacking not only Nintendo but Reggie personally. The ironic difference is that Don’s responses were terrible and just made Microsoft look worse, while Reggie’s replies sounded well thought out and professional making the spike TV interviewer just look like an ass.

  • Jon

    so… he pretty much advertised against their new system…..not a good marketing strategy lol

  • NightAngel79

    Wow… Pretty ridiculous statement, but these comments are hilarious! Think you guys are taking this a bit to the extreme :)

  • johndoe

    Leave a message…he dont care he is rich

  • JVAN63

    Thank you Microsoft, you just saved me over $500. There is nothing compelling to me regarding your Xbone. If Valve starts developing for PS4, then that’s what I’ll get next.