Microsoft seems to have done a 180 on the always-on Xbox 720 rumors, finally indicating that the new Xbox won't require a constant internet connection to play games and watch movies.
"Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet," said a Microsoft e-mail to its employees, according to Ars Technica.
"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."
The internal e-mail goes on to list some of those scenarios, like "playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."
Blu-ray, DVR capabilities confirmed?
This is good news for households with spotty internet speeds, one of the many reasons why an always-online Xbox 720 requirement would be a terrible idea.
The internal e-mail, if authentic, would confirm that the new Xbox is destined to have a Blu-ray player capable of watching high-definition movies and include an HDMI input for cable passthrough.