The new Xbox won’t require an online connection, sources say

Put your pitchforks away, smash that old rumor mill and get hyped: inside sources say that the upcoming console won’t require you to be online all the time.


An angry internet mob has been lynching the upcoming Xbox ever since Microsoft’s creative director Adam Orth’s twitter debacle arguing the advantages of always-on content. A move that outraged console gamers across the globe, and ultimately ended Orth’s career at the Redmond-based company.

Gamers and developers alike are breathing a sigh of relief as this news breaks, as the future of the console and its rivalry with Sony can continue unabated. While the extent of the offline content is still completely unclear, the leaked email mentioned that “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection […] Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”.

As the console world is getting ready for a new, more powerful generation of consoles to be released, titles are already beginning to make their way to ads promising higher fidelity, better graphics, and higher levels of functionality. Whether Microsoft is capable of holding on to the phenomenal sales it achieved with the Xbox360 and its marketplace will be entirely dependent on its ability to please the core audience of gamers.

No matter which side of the console war you choose to pick, this comes as a huge advantage to gamers everywhere, as it means more first party developers are going to scramble to get exclusive, creative titles out on either side of the fence, which promises the “player one” in all of us a new wave of awesome games to play in the living room. Keep your eyes peeled for Microsoft’s upcoming announcement on the Xbox on May 21st.

Source : Ars Technica

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