Xbox 720 will probably have an always-online requirement, and it has been confirmed by various reputable sources.
To make matters worse, Adam Orth, a Microsoft creative director, was spotted on Twitter defending it with bad analogies, and also had no answer to one Tweet. But in a way, this also could solidify the rumour that the next Xbox does have an always-online requirement.
Some of his Tweets have been deleted but overall this has been a poor show from him. Check out the screengrabs below taken by a bunch of GAF members. His Twitter account is now set to private.
The Tweets are in a way ignorant but he is entitled to his opinion.
Here he specifically tweets about the always-online requirement. Keep in mind, it is still a rumour at this stage.
Microsoft can change their plans at the last minute, but they are also exactly the type of company that will go ahead with something like this to set a precedent. Also, is Blacksburg really that bad?