Rumor: Microsoft memo says next-gen Xbox works without internet
posted on 05.06.13 at 11:36 AM EDT by (@admeady)
'A number of scenarios expected to work without internet.'

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.

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  • Nate

    They diffidently changed it if they had planned to always be online imo. They probably saw the fall back and saw the public is not ready. Though I see the gen after the 720 and ps4 being online only.

  • Adol Christin

    I really hope this is true :)

  • $18114340

    How convenient that they wait until the month of the reveal to tell us this, instead of confirming it earlier when everybody was losing their shit.

    • Adol Christin

      This is also a rumor :P it could still be internet-only. Nothing will be confirmed until May 21.

  • $63836288

    LMAO…can they just make up there fucking mind

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      I’m sure they planned the entire PR thing from the start to get people talking about their newest shootan box.

  • Sieghardt

    Reads really weirdly, like a public PR statement more than an internal email to those in the know

  • Waisheng Wong 鈴木

    with or without, still wont be getting the next box

  • Tenshiken

    To quote a commenter on the original article: “Of course, the existence of such a mass e-mail implies that this is a
    recent change in policy. My work never sends an e-mail to everyone to
    say, ‘Just FYI, the policy we’ve had this whole time is still the
    policy. Keep doing what you’ve been doing.'”

  • sunK1D

    TBH, I can’t think of a single X360 game that didn’t have leaderboards. I’m sure they can use that as an excuse for labeling even single-player games as requiring online…

  • DarthBrian

    lol. sounds like damage control.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Came to post that but it’s good news if so, means Microsoft hasn’t lost their marbles just yet.

  • Tac-Mex

    Even if it doesn’t require online i am not going to get it.

    Microsoft doesn’t have exclusive games that appeal to me. also i refuse to pay for xbla, it’s just stupid.

    Multiplatform games are confirmed to have exclusive content on PlayStation like Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4, Destiny, etc.

  • Micheal Scott

    HA man May 21 can not come any sooner
    this is just geting out of hand real quick

  • TetsuyaHikari

    I was just trolling y’all!

  • AdamBoy64

    It’s certainly sounding a lot better.
    I don’t think I’ll be picking one up anyhow.

    However, If they managed to buy up a few JRPG’s like they did last time I might be interested.

    Only a fortnight or so to wait now.

    • artemisthemp

      Hopefully they don’t cause a Vesperia