Rumor: Next Xbox doesn’t require ‘always on’ internet connection
Leading up to the May 21 reveal of the next Xbox—recently rumored to be called Xbox Infinity—, the most talked about feature has been the system’s ‘always on’ internet connection. Adam Orth, former Microsoft executive, further fueled the flames when he told critics to “deal with it” and “get with the times and get the internet.” However, according to Gameindustry.biz, a recent internal memo at Microsoft tells a different story.
The memo states, “Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “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.”
With all of the criticism from gamers and Sony announcing the PlayStation 4 will not require internet to play games, Microsoft seems to be under a lot of pressure to ditch ‘always on.’ The memo also supports the rumors of a Blu-Ray drive and the system interacting with users’ cable boxes, allowing for live TV through the Xbox. As mentioned previously, all of these rumors should be put to rest when the new system is revealed May 21.