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H33rsay: Microsoft’s next Xbox requires online connection to play games

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We’ve heard the speculation before regarding Microsoft’s ‘always online’ approach to the company’s next Xbox, but the rumours have begun to pick up some momentum in the last day thanks to new comments from mysterious sources, as well as statements from Microsoft Studios creative director, Adam Orth.

First, let’s begin with the sources – they’re always the most fun.

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Speaking to Kotaku (which is killing it recently as far as breaking news is concerned), an anonymous developer spoke about the necessity for an internet connection for Durango, the codename for Microsoft’s next console:

“Unless something has changed recently Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used.”

“If there isn’t a connection,” the source continued, “no games or apps can be started. If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time – currently three minutes, if I remember correctly – the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”

What’s Microsoft’s official line on the matter?

“We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time.”

Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo reminds everyone that all we currently have to go on with regards to the details of an always-on Xbox Next are simply rumours, so the situation could be very different to what has somehow become ‘common knowledge’ in the gaming community.

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Spicy

It is at least a little strange, however, that Microsoft Studio’s own creative director, Adam Orth, has taken to Twitter to defend an always online approach to consoles and tech devices, saying that he “doesn’t get the drama around having an ‘always online’ console. Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in.”

“#dealwithit,” he added. Spicy.

In response to a suggestion that the internet isn’t a bountiful, reliable resource around the world, Orth said:

“Why on earth would I live there?”

Peculiar, and it smacks of comments from someone who is trying to defend a potentially huge mistake on the part of Microsoft.

As always, the rumours of an always online Xbox are just that – rumours – and we’ll find out for certain when Microsoft unveils its next console later this year. Not long now.

H33rsay is El33tonline’s round-up of game industry rumours and speculation where we have looks at unconfirmed and unannounced pieces of news emerging from anonymous tipsters, information leaks and generally dubious sources. It may not all be true, but it’s still fun to talk about!


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