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Xbox 720 won’t require an internet connection in all scenarios

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A leaked memo from Microsoft has surfaced today, in it, a picture is painted of the “Durango” that does not require it to be always online. Numerous leaks leading up to Microsoft first official confirmation of their next-gen hardware have claimed that the console will have some sort of “always online” functionality. Today’s email very plainly explains that there are many ‘scenarios that users expect the console to work without an internet connection’.

There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an internet connection

In the leak from Ars Technica: “Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] 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.”

With the next Xbox it’s hard to tell what’s true and what’s not, there have been so many rumors at this point. Microsoft is scheduled to reveal the next-gen Xbox on May 21st. As the internet awaits the first official news from the company, we’ve heard a number of different rumors for this new hardware. We’ve heard about the rumored price of the Xbox 720, Microsoft’s alleged agenda on stopping piracy on their new platform, and of course, the rumored Xbox 720 games lineup at launch.

While absolutely none of these rumors have been confirmed by Microsoft themselves, we’ll start to get a clearer picture of Microsoft’s Xbox 720 on May 21st.