The next-generation Xbox, scheduled to be announced on May 21, will work without an internet connection, according to a memo sent out to Microsoft employees working on the console, obtained by Ars Technica.
“Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet,” reads the memo. “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.”
Ars Technica sources also say the console will allow live TV viewing and provide TV listings and similar information.