The upcoming Microsoft Xbox had plenty of controversy surrounding whether or not it would need to be online at all times. Comments as well as points in favor and against—mostly against—were made, but the rumors persisted. Recently Ars Technica dropped news via an internal Xbox team email that the Xbox Durango wouldn’t need to be online at all times. According to Ars Technica, the email read:
“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.”
Of course, Microsoft didn’t confirm Ars Technica’s story as well as the nature of the e-mail’s legitimacy. The company did give out its stock response to hype the next Xbox. A spokeswoman stated, “We’re excited to share more about the next generation of games, TV and entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this time.”
It should be noted that the letter doesn’t confirm that Microsoft and the Xbox team would not go through with the consistently on internet connection requirement. It could just mean they know that people don’t want to be forced to have their internet on all the time—or have a connection period—to use the Xbox 720, but don’t care. You could say it’s similar to “We know it’s snowing outside and the road is sleeted over, but you still have to come in for work.”
Also, for all we know the email might not even exist although if it didn’t Microsoft could’ve just said so. Of course, Microsoft has a publicity policy never to confirm or deny rumors. Now they will reply to them, but you probably won’t get anything important out of them.