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Microsoft Memo Shoots Down Xbox 720 Always-Online Rumors

Here’s another Xbox 720 rumor for your collection regarding its always-online debacle.

According to an internal memo obtained by Ars Technica, Microsoft’s new console will ‘not’ run on that repulsive feature. The following was allegedly sent to all employees working on the new Xbox.

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.

So was the whole rumor regarding an always-online console blown out of proportions or did Microsoft decide to revert the new change after looking at the community’s response?

The memo also doesn’t mention whether the rumor about the new Xbox 720 blocking used-games is true or not. Hopefully we’ll get our answers on May 21st when Microsoft officially announces the console.

There’s little chance of actually seeing the device itself though. Microsoft will most likely follow Sony’s path and leave the device unveiling to their E3 presentation in June.

Source Ars Technica