There’s been a lot of grumbling on the internet about the next Xbox’s possible requirement for perpetual internet. Some say that the Xbox (Fusion?) will need to be connected to so much as a run a game, while others are firm that the internet is only there to enhance the system’s feature set. Confusing! In an apparent internal memo to the Xbox Team, Microsoft seems to want to clarify the situation.
"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet," says the memo, according to Ars Technica. "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."
Is this some sort of turn-around within the company after seeing all the hate that was coming their way for the rumoured internet requirement? I’d like to think so; it’s quite unlikely for an internal memo to go about saying “things are exactly as they’ve always been, go about your business.”
So there you have it. the Xbox won’t need an internet connection all the time. Maybe. While it seems that you’ll be able to play single player games offline, there’s still no confirmation of whether or not games will need to be activated online like PC games.
Interestingly, if true, this memo confirms another rumour surrounding the next Xbox; it’ll likely feature an HDMI in, allowing for cable and satellite units to be plugged in, allowing the Xbox to overlay information over Live TV. Of course, that means pretty much nothing to us in South Africa.