Microsoft reportedly demystifies always-online Xbox rumors


Players won’t require constant internet connection to play games and watch movies on the new Xbox . This is according to an email that was reportedly sent to Microsoft employees working on the Xbox project.

The internal email, if authentic, would confirm that the new Xbox is destined to have a Blu-ray player capable of watching high-definition movies and include an HDMI input for cable passthrough.

The alleged email, obtained by Ars Technica, is said to have been sent to “all full-time employees working on the next Xbox”.

The email read in part, Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] 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.

Microsoft will host a reveal event for the new Xbox in Redmond, Wash., where the company will finally be able to put at least some of the spinning-out-of-control Xbox 720 rumors to rest on May 21.

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