We’ve heard several rumors suggesting that the next Xbox platform will require an Internet connection, and today another report from Kotaku will jump on the pile. The report states that two additional sources have verified the always-online rumors, clarifying that there’s a feature in place to accommodate unstable connections.
Kotaku also reports that the next Xbox is due in “late 2013 or early 2014.” Click below to get a closer look at what the supposed sources have to say.
Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used. If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started. If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time–currently three minutes, if I remember correctly–the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.
Of course, even if this is the current plan, it’d likely be implemented at the software level and not at a hardware level, meaning it could be changed fairly easily with a simple system update. If it does turn out to be part of Microsoft’s vision for the future of Xbox, we’ll see how the always-online requirement pans out compared to the EA SimCity fiasco.