Xbox 720: “Always-online” not required, Microsoft confirms offline play

Microsoft has confirmed that the next Xbox will play games offline.

There has been a lot of rumours lately–some credible, some not so–which revealed that the company was going to go with always-online Internet connection for their next-gen console.

All those rumours were in fact fake if this e-mail from the company to people working on the console is to be believed. It mentions that the console will be able to play games offline and won’t really force you to stay connected, and they have designed it with today’s Internet in mind.

There will still be Internet connection required in some capacity and maybe it could be used to check second hand games, but nothing is clear as of yet.

“Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” the e-mail reads.

“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 console will be revealed on May 21st. It may have Respawn’s FPS as an exclusive, and is rumoured to cost $500 and $300 with a subscription. The OS is also based on Windows 8 core.

Via Ars Technica.