Microsoft has offered a flawless solution to those wanting to buy an Xbox One but that aren't able to conform to its requirement for regular internet connection: Buy an Xbox 360.
The ingenious solution was suggested by President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, Don Mattrick, while talking to GameTrailers
about the controversial requirement for the XBox One to check-in online every 24-hours to remain playable.
"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity, it's called Xbox 360," said Mattrick.
The statement is sure to irk those that want to get the next-gen console but know they will for whatever reason go for long periods without internet connection. Indeed Mattrick himself mentioned a blog post he'd read by someone serving on a nuclear submarine complaining of the situation.
Although the comment was made somewhat in jest Mattrick was clear that this really is the only solution Microsoft currently has for those that feel their internet connection won't be reliable enough or there enough to fulfil the 24-hour check-in requirement.
Justifying the requirement, Mattrick talked of the "future-proof" approach to the Xbox One design, with the internet connection needed for cloud-gaming, online entertainment services and Kinect features.
Ultimately, the statement again highlights the two slightly different approaches of Sony and Microsoft for their next-gen consoles. While Sony has almost accepted that the market is still such that a games console is seen as just that and any multimedia extras are simply nice-to-haves, Microsoft is looking to push the Xbox One as the hub of your entertainment. Both approaches have their merits but for now it seems Sony has judged the market better.