Yep that’s right, Microsoft’s new console will not have a “always-on” feature – what a relief for hardcore-gamers
Microsoft: New Xbox will work without being always online
Microsoft has moved to dispel some of the more consistent rumours regarding the release of the new Xbox. The next Xbox has been heavily rumoured to require an “always on” internet connection for all of its features to work correctly.
Many feel this is to combat piracy and some are even pointing to a restriction on the use of “pre-owned” games. Steam has been successful in using this to decrease piracy and have more “control” over how their content and marketplace is used.
Always On, Always Connected
However, the rumoured “Always on, Always Connected” approach has been met with widespread dismay in the general gaming community with many vehemently against the idea. Many believe it is effectively telling those without a high quality internet connection to avoid the console.
It appears Microsoft have taken steps to stamp out any potential fires regarding this issue and have backtracked somewhat. In a recent leaked e-mail it was stated that there will be many features that gamers can avail of offline as before including – and most importantly – single player games
Leaked e-mail dismisses rumours
“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.””
While the email is purposely vague it will give those worried about been logged off a single player session because there internet is down a little piece of mind.
Fever pitch is at an all-time with the unveiling of the new Xbox set for the end of May. In the past few months, Microsoft have been consistently putting out fires in an attempt to stop any negative publicity surrounding the new console that they hope will prove as successful as the Xbox 360.
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