Somehow, Microsoft have managed to make the Xbox One's approach to always-online connectivity even more confusing than it was before they actually said anything!
Apparently, the upcoming console does not have to always be connected, but it does "require" an internet connection.
"No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet," said Microsoft, helpfully. "We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection."
What this says to us is that the Xbox One will require you to connect to the internet if you want to do pretty much anything, bbut won't punish you by kicking you out of your entertainment experience if the line drops out.
If we're reading that correctly, it means that yes, the Xbox One will totally have hardware-based, internet-sensitive DRM, but no, you won't be exiled for shacking up with a dodgy ISP.
I say "if we're reading that correctly", but there's really no other way to read it. After all, if you could merrily play games offline with joyous abandon, surely Microsoft would have just said so. Right? RIGHT?!
Hopefully, Microsoft's Yoshida equivalent will come out in a roundtable and clear all of this up. It is, after all, really possible that Microsoft just want everyone to focus on the awesome cloud stuff that they're planning.
But wouldn't it be much easier to do that bby putting this toxic rumour to bed?
Unless it's true, of course.