Microsoft: Next Xbox will work without mandatory internet connection


Since the first rumors of Xbox Infinity, we have had got two paths to discuss. First, Durango would require an internet connection to run games and apps, we denied this fact weeks ago. The second repetitive rumor was the second-hand games block system. Microsoft could have reported to all their staff with an internal e-mail refusing the mandatory internet connection for Xbox 720:

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.

Therefore, we will be able to play Infinity games without Internet, regardless our current connection status we should run different content, including movies, apps and games. Albeit, they don’t unveil certain points, will have Durango any type of block system for the second-hand games? Why MS would have sent an internal e-mail? Microsoft changed their work methods since the firsts leaks come to light. Each section did not know anything about the other ones, so, MS had to report everyone with this point. I guess they had to clear this point between their employees.

Thanks, Ars Technica. Picture, Rotflpictures.


  • Mik3t

    Oh no what will the trolls moan about now, im sure they will find somehting

    • One thing in life is certain, haters will indeed, hate.

    • Nathan O

      I’d say the same thing they’ve been bitchin about for the last 6 years, RRoD and XBLG subscriptions…oh yeah.. and Halo sucks.

  • SW

    @Mik3t:disqus i would say MS backed down 😉 you know it to be true, just like Darth Vader was Lukes father!

    • Ironmanxrs2

      It’s not always a conspiracy theory. MS just enjoyed the free press. Always on would alienate a lot of rural sales. They were never going that route.

    • Nathan O

      If you could give me one good possible reason for a hardware manufacturer to implement a feature like this than maybe I would consider your opinion valid. It makes sense for a game publisher to implement a feature like this but the console manufacturer?! There is absolutely no benefit that I can forsee? And if it is not in MS best financial interest they aren’t gonna do it. They’ve been doing this for awhile and they know how their business works.

  • Usman Mohammad

    Just what I have been saying since the leaks actually started. I blame media outlets for misleading titles considering the names “Always On, Always Connected” are internal terms, where as “Always on” to the gaming public refers to DRM.

    • wint3rmute

      The media and press were f’ing retarded when it came to this story and when Sony was always online as well.

      Yellow journalism at it’s finest.

  • Zybra

    Good, next step Xbox 3>>>PS4 in specs term. 🙂

    • MrX_VGL

      Come on man, don’t start the flame.

    • At one point in my life I was more of a spec whore than I am now. Honestly I won’t care as much about the hardware this go around. The last generation has taught me that cross platform games are typically scaled to the lowest common denominator. Also, I cant imagine a world where the two consoles will be drastically far apart as far as gaming power goes.

    • Nathan O

      As long as they are both competent I don’t think it matters which console is slightly more powerful. It will all come down to the experience and the services and this relies on software, not hardware which is prob why MS has an advantage.

  • Sigrid Nilsen

    Stupid rumor. VGLeaks, please check with your sources if the console or games require to be connected when starting a game. Or like a Steam based system.

    • Patients Thomas-san, all will be revealed on the 21st.

    • Nathan O

      Up to the publisher. There ya go.

  • Dave

    You guys actually debunked it already for me 1st a few weeks ago. Love your site

  • rumor is rumor is rumor. 14 days and we can start flaming each other over completely different stuff.

  • Thomper

    So we are just accepting that its called ‘infinity’ now; are we?

  • Nathan O

    I seriously doubt MS was ever considering doing this. This memo was intentional written and leaked to combat all the negative speculation and rumors surrounding the next xbox. The timing is perfect, 2 weeks before the announcement.