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xbox720According 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]

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“Of course, the existence of such a mass e-mail implies that this is a recent change in policy” NO it doesn’t and I’m sick of stupid assumptions made by stupid websites. 1. There has never been one scrap of evidence to even imply that the new Xbox would REQUIRE a permanent internet connection, just some very stupid assumptions made by some very stupid and/or unscrupulous websites over the wording of an allegedly leaked document. 2. Whether this allegedly leaked email is real or not, It does nothing to imply a “recent change in policy”. IF it is real there are… Read more »

Aaron Richardson
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You are very much correct. There was never confirmation whether this rumour was legitimate or not, but some people like to hear about rumours whether they’re real, or something made up completely and that’s why we choose to cover subjects such as this!

The comment that you quoted was itself quoted directly from a comment on the original Opposable Thumbs article (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/05/microsoft-next-xbox-will-work-even-when-your-internet-doesnt) so maybe you should also air your concerns with the OP!

Thanks for reading!

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My comments were a rebuttal of the quote itself and the websites that have been making dumb assumptions and trying to pass them off as facts. I wasn’t implying that it was your comment or that you were one the websites in question, your article states that the rumours are unsourced and to be “taken with a pinch of salt”. “so maybe you should also air your concerns with the OP!” If I had read it there first I would have responded to it directly but I really can’t be bothered with unconfirmed internet rumours so I won’t be going… Read more »

Aaron Richardson
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I totally understand.

Rumours can become annoying sometimes, especially when one particular unconfirmed rumour catches the eye of a larger news source and snowballs from there.

I love reading about rumours as much as I love writing about them, but obviously it’s not to everyone’s tastes, that’s why I try and have a neutral opinion on the piece.

Ollie Colton
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Ollie Colton

Please apply Aloe Vera to that burn…

Jason
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I seriously can not wait for this Xbox console!!! Just hope it is under £400 though…

deeboy17
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deeboy17

Me too. I’m very excited about this console and so are all of my friends. Can’t wait for this Gen to kick off officially at retailers.