Next Xbox Always-online Rumor Debunked

Peter Bright for Ars Technica:

According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next Xbox, “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.”

Although I’m 100% sure about falsity of said feature, but this internal memo sounds fabricated, for several reasons:

  1. Why the heck would Microsoft send an internal memo for Xbox staff telling them about fundamental features that they were undoubtedly working on
  2. “Playing a Blu-ray disc.” Why to mention the Blu-ray disc? They could simply write “Playing discs;” It’s all what the fabricator wanted to tell us that the next Xbox will sport a Blu-ray disc
  3. “Watching live TV” Another one for the fabricator to emphasize the availability of long-rumored TV or DVR capability
  4. “and yes playing a single player game.” Hhhhhhh, really?! Yes must be said to us, the people, to debunk the rumors but not the Xbox team

Sounds like Xbox staff, like the rest of us, were not aware of all of that and the memo comes to the rescue. I can feel how they breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that.

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