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REPORT: Next Xbox WON'T Require Always-Online Connection

Matt Gardner
Always-online, Durango, Microsoft, Net-gen, Xbox

REPORT: Next Xbox WON'T Require Always-Online Connection

I'm confused, and I'm blaming Ballmer.

Microsoft could have stopped all of this silliness once and for all had they simply come out and, you know, made an official announcement. As it is, we once again have to rely on hearsay and anonymous reports, the latest of which suggests that, contrary to previous rumours, the next Xbox won't require an always-online connection.

Yay! Maybe. Yaybe.

According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to "all full-time employees working on the next Xbox" and obtained by ArsTechnica, "Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet."

"[...] There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."

If true, and we'd imagine that not even Microsoft would be stupid enough to actually make a console truly, fundamentally, and singularly  "always-online" it also confirms another suspected little tidbit: that the new Xbox will allow for direct live TV feeds.

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Late  May. 8, 2013 at 14:35

lol @ Yaybe.

TBH I can understand them not responding to the rumours in recent months...
If they deny one rumour but not others then people will take it as "proof" that the other rumours are true.

That email excerpt looks fishy, mind. Has the distinct look of being an unofficial press release - worded more for those it will (inevitably/deliberately) be leaked to rather than worded for those it was sent to.

All in all, though, I maintain it's best to just ignore the rumours and wait for the presser later this month...

Anarchist  May. 8, 2013 at 23:32

Sorry, but I really don't see how an unofficial, wildly speculative rumour from an unconfirmed source, denying an unofficial, wildly speculative rumour from another unconfirmed source, is particularly newsworthy.

Late has hit the nail right on the head. MS have done the sensible thing by not commenting on any rumours. Everybody else should follow suite and stop spreading said rumours and just wait. There are only 13 days to go.

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