The next Xbox’s “always on” is optional

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According to numerous rumours, you’re going to need to be connected to the internet just to use the next generation Xbox from Microsoft. This would be stupid, and nobody should have to “deal with it.” New sources say that you won’t have to.

According to VGLeaks, who were largely on the nose about the PlayStation 4’s innards before that console’s reveal, sources now say that while the next-generation Xbox will indeed be perpetually connected to the internet, you won’t need to be connected to run games, or play local, offline games. the same sources also say that contrary to earlier supposition, the Xbox won’t block used games either.

“Durango itself will also always be online like any other device (correct with rumors), but it will not be a requirement to play local content and it will not prevent playing used games,” says the site.”

That would make it very much like the current Xbox, which becomes a much more full-featured device when its hooked up to the internet, but doesn’t explicitly require a connection.

More interestingly, they say that Durango will feature full backwards compatibility with current Xbox 360 games; a feature afforded by a new external device capable of functioning on its own, dubbed the Xbox Mini.

The Xbox Mini, they say, will function much like an Apple TV or Roku set-top unit for your TV, and will be compatible with Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Arcade titles, but will not have a disc drive. Plug it in to your shiny new Durango though, and it will give you access to your current library through the new console’s disc drive.

“The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions.

Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games on Demand on Xbox Live (for new purchases) or if already purchased, simply download it. This also applies to music and movies. To further clarify, the Durango will also have these (TV) functions, just with next-generation gaming hardware instead of Xbox 360 at a higher price.”

That sounds like a far, far more sensible, if somewhat costly approach. would you be more interested in the next Xbox if it turns out that the internet connection is quite as mandatory as previously believed?

Last Updated: April 11, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

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