A source close to Orth tells Kotaku that Orth resigned from the company and was not fired.
Responding to a Kotaku report that claimed the system would require a constant connection to the internet, Orth made several comments such as "I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in."
His outbursts, which included some snarky comments about the merits of living in certain cities, prompted an apology from Microsoft, who said "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."
Asked for confirmation from Microsoft, Kotaku was told by a spokesperson “We do not comment on private personnel matters.”