The next Xbox will allow you to play single player games offline?


Yeah, the rumor that the next Xbox will require online connectivity when playing video games had gamers worried. It lead to a Microsoft creative director resigning because he was taking jabs at gamers who are complaining about always-online for the next-gen Microsoft console. Now there’s a report coming from Ars Technica saying that the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, will allow gamers to play single-player games offline. It looks like Microsoft has been listening to the masses, since the very idea was a poor one indeed.

The report came from an internal Microsoft email that was sent to 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. 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.”

So if you’re watching a Blu-ray movie or live TV, or playing a single-player game, then you should be fine. I guess we’ll find out if this is truly confirmed once the May 21st Microsoft event hits.

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