Yay! New Xbox Won’t Require Always-On Internet

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Gaming console enthusiasts can rest easy: The Xbox 360’s successor will not require an always-on internet connection to operate.

The move appeared to be confirmed in an internal e-mail sent by Microsoft.

“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 company stated, according Ars Technica.

Requiring a constant internet connection to operate the new Xbox had long been an internet rumor, especially after now ex-Microsoft employee Adam Orth commented on the issue via Twitter. “Sorry, I don’t get the drama over having an “always on” console,” Orth tweeted, according to The Verge. He continued, “Sorry, I don’t get the drama over having an “always on” console.” It was reported that Orth was later fired for the remarks.

Codenamed Durango, the new Xbox could arrive as soon as sometime later this month.