The lights are on
In what may finally lay to rest the pernicious "always online" rumor, Microsoft has sent an internal memo to staff that addresses the oft-speculated upon feature. According to the missive, features including single-player gaming and Blu-ray playback will "just work" regardless of connection status.
Included in the list of items that users expect to function without an internet connection (according to Microsoft) is the ability to watch live television. We previously reported on the possibility of Microsoft seeing the new Xbox as a cable box replacement or enhancement. The memo seems to indicate that to be true.
We'll know for sure as early as May 21, 2013, when Microsoft reveals its plans for next generation.
[Source: Ars Technica]
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This is great news.
The 21st can't come soon enough.
I'm sure Microsoft's next console wasn't plan with always online in mind. This is just another case of people reading a rumor and immediately jumping into conclusion.
Yay! Now everyone can shut up for now!
So that employee who lost his job for his troll tweets was just an asshat. My birthday is two days after Microsoft's press conference; guess what I'm more excited about.
Now lets see about those no used game rumors. If it's not always online, and can play used games then I would probably buy one wayyyy down the line.
It wasn't ever going to be true. Microsoft and Sony will "accidentally" do it at the same time.
I love how so many people believed the last rumor that it was actually going to be always on.
I guess that's alright...
Big surprise. As I've said all along, you'd have to be incredibly naive, or just a fool to have believed the "always on" rumors.
Was the memo really just a picture of a 360 controller? Or did you write another bad link in an article today?
While this is good news, I'm still waiting for confirmation or denial about the rumor that the new Xbox wont be able to play pre-owned games. I sure hope it does; if not I'm not going to buy the new Xbox.