The biggest concern regarding the next Xbox appears to have been alleviated According to an internal Microsoft email obtained by Ars Technica, the company is not going to require an internet connection to play single-player games. The exact phrasing says,”Durango 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.”
This email also tells us a couple more things about the next Xbox. It sounds like Microsoft will use Blu-ray discs this time around. I can’t say it’s surprising giving the amount of storage a single Blu-ray can hold over a DVD. If the next Xbox is expected to have a shelf life of at least five years, it needs to switch to the most advanced physical disc-based medium. The email also mentions the ability to watch live television on the Xbox. This falls into Microsoft’s current strategy of making the Xbox the center of the living room. The Xbox 360 has tons of video applications and support for FiOS. It’s only natural for Microsoft to expand that support.
We’ll know more during Microsoft’s Xbox reveal on May 21.
Source [Ars Technica]