According to a recent report, an internal email was sent out to all Microsoft employees who are currently working on the next generation Xbox console stating that “Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.”
The next generation Xbox 360, codenamed Durango and dubbed the Xbox 720 has had numerous rumours floating around the web which state that the console will require an always on internet connection in order to function. This rumour left gamers annoyed and disappointed that not everywhere has a good consistent connection and some users never went online on their Xboxes.
According to a recent report from http://arstechnica.com’s Opposable Thumbs a recent email has been sent to all Microsoft Staff who are currently working on the next generation Xbox. This internal email read:
“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.”
A highlighted comment on the Opposable Thumbs page made a good point:
“Of course, the existence of such a mass e-mail implies that this is a recent change in policy. My work never sends an e-mail to everyone to say, “Just FYI, the policy we’ve had this whole time is still the policy. Keep doing what you’ve been doing.””
Of course no sources were credited in this post, not even a “person familiar with the matter” so it’s best to take this, and the various other rumours with a pinch of salt. If this is the truth though and Microsoft have turned their backs on the “always on” idea then I applaud you Microsoft, you obviously listened when we all raged and moaned!
[Source: Opposable Thumbs]