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Microsoft responds to troops' Xbox One concerns

Efram Ramirez

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 1:32:58 PM
Many active military like to use video games as a way to get away from the stress of their deployment

Microsoft is set to release its next-generation gaming console, the Xbox One, next year. Naturally, it's been met with a great deal of hype from gamers of all ages, but one key demographic was displeased with some features of the console: active military.

The Xbox One features some very advanced online capabilities, which thrilled the majority of consumers, but it was also revealed that the console would need to connect to the Internet at least once per day in order to properly function. Those soldiers stationed in locations where Internet access is rare, if available at all, were disappointed to find that they were being frozen out, reports Military Times.

After many strongly worded complaints, the appalled military gamer community came to the fore for Microsoft. Many soldiers mentioned their long commitment to the Xbox One's predecessors, the Xbox and Xbox 360, as sources of comfort and a way to get away from the stress of their deployment. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dwight Martin recounted to the news source that he often saw crowds gathered around consoles "just to play for an hour, just to feel something normal in the middle of their deployment."

Luckily for both parties, Microsoft has reversed its decision and plans to include offline capabilities to accommodate those who do not have the luxury of constant connection. With the nature of military travel, the Internet's availability is never certain, especially in volatile areas. This appears to be an attempt to patch things up following a scathing response from thousands of military personnel who rely on their gaming consoles to get away from it all when they have a few free hours to themselves. After risking a mass defection to the Playstation 4, it appears Microsoft is committing to the consumers who deserve their respect the most.


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