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The controversy surrounding the rumours that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will require an 'always-online' connection in order to work continues to run and run.
Last week, the Creative Director of Microsoft Games, Adam Orth waded into the debate on Twitter, claiming he didn't know what all the fuss was about. Today, it's emerged that Orth has left the company.
Game Informer claims that it has learned from "sources close to the matter" that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. They then called the company's switchboard and found this fact was confirmed.
Orth's departure comes in the wake of Microsoft apologising for comments he made on Twitter complaining that he didn't "get the drama behind having an 'always on' console."
"Every device is now 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit," he tweeted.
Microsoft labelled Orth's comments from 'inappropriate'.and apologised, saying, "We apologise for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday."
"This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers."
"We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."
Industry analysts and gamers alike have expressed concern about the forthcoming next-gen Xbox, since the rumour-mill has already posited that it will need an 'always-on' connection in order to work. This puts it at odds with the PS4, which Sony has confirmed will work offline.