If you like Durango rumors, here’s a new one for you, and it could just be good news. Alleged internal email was sent out to all full time employees of Microsoft explaining the next generation Xbox’s goals including not requiring an always on connection.
You can read the Microsoft message below…
“Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] 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.”
If this were true it could change a lot of gamer’s mind about which console to purchase. However, it doesn’t mean there won’t be necessary internet activation for games similar to Steam or the current Xbox 360. Regardless, that type of product activation is a far stretch from the next Xbox requiring an always on connection. Again, these are sourceless rumors which will hopefully be clarified later this month when Microsoft reveals their next generation Xbox console.