New Xbox is NOT requiring “Always Online”?

So by now, most of us have heard the rumors that the newest xbox (code named Durango) may require a permanent network connection to function. Needless to say, gamers have not been very happy about this. However, a recent development [in the form of an email sent from Microsoft to xbox employees] seems to indicate that may not be the case:
“Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “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.”

So, the question here is, does this squash all rumors of a permanent online connection? Maybe, but maybe not quite. Note the explicit use of the phrase “single player game.” Does this mean all future multiplayer games will be explicitly online only? It seems as though the industry has been leaning in that direction lately as it may be.

So what do you guys think about these rumors?

Source: ArsTechnica

3 thoughts on “New Xbox is NOT requiring “Always Online”?

  1. I am glad they came to their senses, at least somewhat. Though I wonder if you will be able to play the single player story of games that are both single player and multiplier without an internet connection.

  2. This would be the smartest thing they ever did. It would mean they realized how badly people hate the always-online requirement and eliminate it. I’ll buy an xbox if this is the case.

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