For months and months, rumors about Microsoft’s next console have revolved around the idea that it’ll be “always-online,” to the point that people have thought that the console won’t actually be able to do anything without being connected to the internet. Of course, that rumor hasn’t been backed up by anything resembling, say, EVIDENCE, but that hasn’t stopped it from gaining tons of traction and spreading like wildfire on the internets and whatnot.
But maybe this will help to pour some water on those fiery rumors: a post on Ars Technica claims to have gotten text from an in-office memo sent around to Microsoft employees discussing the forthcoming next-gen console from the company, codenamed Durango:
“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.”
Is this actually a memo from Microsoft? It doesn’t really sound too officially official…it also raises questions about why a memo like this would even be sent around to employees with the big Next-Box reveal event set for a couple weeks from now in Redmond…employees who are already working on the next console. Shouldn’t they know all this already?
Even still, let’s just reiterate here and now: it’s extremely unlikely that the next console Microsoft puts out will REQUIRE an internet connection to play single-player games and function and everything. The “always on, always connected” stuff from an earlier memo is almost certainly referring to features that will take advantage of stable broadband connections—such as automatic, standby updating and stuff like that.
Anyway, that’s the update. Think it’s the real deal? Or is this all just more smoke?
[Via Ars Technica]