An email reportedly sent to Microsoft employees seems to debunk rumors that the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection.
The alleged email, obtained by Ars Technica, is said to have been sent to “all full-time employees working on the next Xbox” and contains the following text:
“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.”
As Ars points out, in addition to debunking rumors of a constant internet connection, the email also seems to lend more evidence to rumors that the next Xbox will function as a cable box and allow playback of live TV. The email also seems to confirm that Microsoft’s new console will include a Blu-Ray drive.