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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But....but, but, but, but. There could still be other horrendous things that they announce. BUT the fact that always online is most likely a no-go makes me willing to listen
the next xbox won't be always online,if it was microsoft would lose a lot of customers
Yes! I knew Microsoft knew better than that!
Good. And here I was believing all these damn rumors.
cool i dont care regardless sense im always online.
Well, guess we'll just have to see. It's a terrible idea in my opinion, but it's in Microsoft's court now.
"Just Work" still sounds to me like MS wants Always Online but is reluctant to listen to it's consumers....and is disappointed that they have to do so to keep from losing that fight that is Next Gen.
Assuming this is true, the next big soapbox for me is BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY, especially with all the downloaded games, that and my gamerscore.
Wait, whats this about blueray playback???
Why do you have so many links in your articles? That should be what tags are for.