For the past few months many have been worried about the functionality of Microsoft’s next Xbox. In particular, whether it would require an internet connection at all times in order to do anything. While there have been plenty of rumors emphasizing this doomsday scenario, a new memo leaked from Microsoft says otherwise.
It seems that an internal Microsoft e-mail was recently sent to all full-time employees who are working on the next Xbox, disproving the rumor of “always-online” connectivity. Ars Technica got their hands on it, and you can read it for yourself below.
“Durango 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.”
Interestingly enough, not only does this memo confirm that you will be able to play your games offline, but also that the next Xbox will indeed include a Blu-ray drive as previously rumored. Also, the fact that you can watch live television on the console hints at previous speculation on the console’s inclusion of an HDMI input. Supposedly, the console would hook up to your cable box and provide TV listings and other information.
We can’t confirm that this e-mail is the real deal, but if it is then the next Xbox suddenly became a lot more appealing to many consumers. Let us hope that this is what we can expect to hear from Microsoft when they reveal the next Xbox on May 21.
Source: Ars Technica