NEWS - Monday, May 6, 2013


Next Xbox will be online-flexible, Blu-Ray support

Should single-player games, Blu-ray playback, and live TV viewing be possible on a gaming console with no Internet connection? Most gamers would say "yes," but they have been worried that Microsoft feels differently; the next generation Xbox has been consistently rumored to require a permanent network connection.

It won’t.

According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next Xbox, "Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet." It continues, "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."

The quotation also implicitly confirms another rumor: the next Xbox will sport an HDMI input, to allow cable boxes to be hooked up for live TV viewing. Our sources tell us that the console will be able to provide TV listings and similar information.

How far this offline support will extend still isn’t clear. It could take the form of a fully offline mode akin to that on the Xbox 360 (insert optical disc, install game, play, all without an Internet connection) or it could be more like Steam (install and activate online but enable subsequent offline play once this has been done).

While one could argue that "installing a game" is one of the "scenarios" that gamers "expect to work" when offline, a more Steam-like approach would be consistent with rumors that the next Xbox will use its Internet connection to block installation of secondhand games.

Still, though the next Xbox won’t make everybody happy, it looks like fears that the console will be useless when your broadband goes down have been overblown.


Source: http://arstechnica.com

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 51,050
Forum Posts: 725,924
Xbox One Titles: 3,242
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,112
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 15,846
Screenshots: 34,664
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

2021: XBA is still here
Post by shrew king
1 Replies, 6782 Views

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 22794 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 28085 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 21820 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 20524 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 45734 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 47781 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 42541 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 70570 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 29569 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 69550 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 56254 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 108916 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 78702 Views

Happy Birthday, Me.
Post by SnoochyBoochy
4 Replies, 95136 Views

© 2000-2021 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics