Next Xbox won't require always on connection after all

Many rumors have hit the Internet about the next Xbox, but none have stuck as much as the always on controversy that has cost one Microsoft employee their job and has caused outrage amongst U.K game stores who claim they are not ready for an always on connection. 

That rumor, according to Ars Technica, is wholly false. In an internal email sent to all full-time staff working on the next Xbox, Microsoft claims that everything should "just work": 

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.

The email may be to keep the company message inline, after Adam Orth, creative director of Microsoft Studios, said everyone should just "#dealwithit" regarding the supposed always on requirement. As Ars Technica notes, the extend of the offline support is still unknown. The next Xbox could take a more Steam-like approach and require a download, but then allow the user to play offline, or could let users insert game discs like before. 

While we don't know much about the next Xbox, we do know some things. It could be called the Xbox Infinity, as opposed to 720; will be revealed on May 21st; could come with much beefier specs; and could launch alongside Ryse and Forza 5.

Source: Ars Technica Image via Digital Trends 

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For the wise-a** kids out there with the 'I told you so' attitude.

People are in their right to react negatively to such rumour, particularly because is by measuring people's reaction - whether to rumours or to facts -- that an organisation conducts market research.

Well, obviously many people wouldn't believe this to be true, but that creative director who led people on to believing such a thing to begin with by being a total ass-clown really didn't help Microsoft at all. It's a good thing he "quit".

Talking/debating the pros/cons and the distaste of this rumor is not the same and saying it is true or believing it is true. Rumors are discussed and debated like anything else. I always said "if true" but saying how I think it would be a bad move is not the same as saying I believe it. Some people obviously do not know the difference.

Oh, so I just put the word "if" somewhere in my comments, then I can say whatever I wish and it will absolve me of any responsibility from what I write. For example, you spent days criticizing Microsoft for playing dirty in planning to release that app for Android to help convert people. It never was anywhere near what you were claiming it would be, but you had the word if in there, so you are off the hook for your days of attacks.

--if--

SoylentG said,
Oh, so I just put the word "if" somewhere in my comments, then I can say whatever I wish and it will absolve me of any responsibility from what I write. For example, you spent days criticizing Microsoft for playing dirty in planning to release that app for Android to help convert people. It never was anywhere near what you were claiming it would be, but you had the word if in there, so you are off the hook for your days of attacks.

--if--

Obviously you are one that doesnt know the difference and just out to start trouble again. Funny, thanks for the entertainment.

That is all.

techbeck said,

Obviously you are one that doesnt know the difference and just out to start trouble again. Funny, thanks for the entertainment.

That is all.

You bought into the rumors the app was some way Microsoft was trying to bash Google, you went into how low they were for doing it, but you had the word "if" in there, so you take no responsibility in what you wrote. It is as simple as that and then attack me for trying to "start trouble again." Couldn't the same be said about what you wrote?

Gee, I wonder why this ridiculous rumor has "stuck" as much as it has... Perhaps because tech sites keep reporting it as if it were fact when anyone with any common sense would be able to easily reason that this is not what was referenced in ANY of the rumor documentation...

This is the sort of nonsensical reporting that really does aggravate me.

Maybe they should have made some kind of statement about this a few weeks back while the internet was melting down over the "always-on" rumours.

virtorio said,
Maybe they should have made some kind of statement about this a few weeks back while the internet was melting down over the "always-on" rumours.

They're probably holding off until the actual unveil. As their competition hasn't come out yet either, they aren't exactly losing any customers... LOL

But more importantly, maybe news sites could have been a little more responsible in their news coverage and not continuously pass this off as if it were fact... That's what really annoyed me about the whole thing.

We should not believe Microsoft on this one. We had people all over this site claiming that it was true, one guy was claiming that because Microsoft did not make an announcement about a rumored feature for an unannounced product, it must be true. No don't believe Microsoft, you need to believe some Joe Schmoe you never met, who has it on good authority it is true - his neighbor's third cousin has a friend who knows a guy who delivers snacks to the vending machines of some unnamed game developer who said it is happening and they wouldn't lie. So who are you going to believe?

And now that rumor has been shot down, time to start a new one. I know, let's do one about Blu-Ray devices, but ignore that bit in the quote about Blu-Ray just working. They are clearly lying again.

Yeah let's believe the internal email to people who are working on the Next Xbox... You don't see the flaw in that? A ****ing internal email to people WORKING DIRECTLY with the Xbox. Seems a little... Convinient?

Karanlos said,
Yeah let's believe the internal email to people who are working on the Next Xbox... You don't see the flaw in that? A ****ing internal email to people WORKING DIRECTLY with the Xbox. Seems a little... Convinient?

Sigh, seriously? So there is this big rumor that is being repeated over and over. Microsoft can't shoot down the rumor because it is over a product that does not, officially, exist. I am sure there were enough people internal to Microsoft, gullible enough to believe the rumors, and starting to ask if there was some secret part of the next XBox that was going to require always on. So they sent out an internal mail saying it is a false rumor, and not to believe it. A division as big as the XBox, not everyone knows every single detail of what is happening. The people designing the controllers know nothing about how the networking features work, they just hear a rumor and start to wonder if it is true.

But we know, you need to make sure that you wring out a little more from the rumor to try to drive people away from the XBox. Obviously sending out an email saying it is not true makes it true, and Microsoft is lying to all of us. IT IS A GIANT CONSPIRACY!!!!

SoylentG said,

Sigh, seriously? So there is this big rumor that is being repeated over and over. Microsoft can't shoot down the rumor because it is over a product that does not, officially, exist. I am sure there were enough people internal to Microsoft, gullible enough to believe the rumors, and starting to ask if there was some secret part of the next XBox that was going to require always on. So they sent out an internal mail saying it is a false rumor, and not to believe it. A division as big as the XBox, not everyone knows every single detail of what is happening. The people designing the controllers know nothing about how the networking features work, they just hear a rumor and start to wonder if it is true.

But we know, you need to make sure that you wring out a little more from the rumor to try to drive people away from the XBox. Obviously sending out an email saying it is not true makes it true, and Microsoft is lying to all of us. IT IS A GIANT CONSPIRACY!!!!


Not to mention there are departments who have no insight into R&D such as sales and marketing.

Hey everyone, I just heard a rumor that Sony is planning on charging $10,000 for the PS4. I waited about 30 seconds after making up, er, I mean hearing that rumor and Sony didn't call me to tell me it was false, so it must be true. And if they say it is false then that must mean it is true because if they have to respond to it to squash the rumor it means it is true.

The PlayStation 4 is going to cost $10,000 and you will want to get a second, or maybe even third job to pay for it. You heard it here first, and it is 100% true so don't try to deny it.

SoylentG said,
Hey everyone, I just heard a rumor that Sony is planning on charging $10,000 for the PS4. I waited about 30 seconds after making up, er, I mean hearing that rumor and Sony didn't call me to tell me it was false, so it must be true. And if they say it is false then that must mean it is true because if they have to respond to it to squash the rumor it means it is true.

The PlayStation 4 is going to cost $10,000 and you will want to get a second, or maybe even third job to pay for it. You heard it here first, and it is 100% true so don't try to deny it.


Oh snap! I'm gonna tell all of the tech websites!!

Why would they send out a email like this if nothing has changed? obviously there was a change due to the negative feedback.

Jeff.T said,
Why would they send out a email like this if nothing has changed? obviously there was a change due to the negative feedback.

In a company the size of Microsoft, you have to remind people of the message from time to time. Especially when they are not privy to the day to day development of a consumer product such as this.

As reported several times already, I guarantee this did not change at any point and instead it was just a rumor run amuck.

Can we have the another rumor that xbox does require always on internet connection that way you can have more internet traffic.

Melfster said,
Can we have the another rumor that xbox does require always on internet connection that way you can have more internet traffic.

Yeah, I for one don't think Neowin did enough to continue this obviously false rumor... /sarcasm

ShareShiz said,
I told you all they were just rumors.

Of course they were. You'd have to be a complete moron to think otherwise. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,

Of course they were. You'd have to be a complete moron to think otherwise. LOL

The way some peoplewere already complaining about the issue, show they were just that..MORONS!!!!

oh yes. And especially look at how much we don't know, or how much we know could happen!

While we don't know much about the next Xbox, we do know some things. It could be called the Xbox Infinity, as opposed to 720; will be revealed on May 21st; could come with much beefier specs; and could launch alongside Ryse and Forza 5.

Yay for rumors, they're such great news!!!

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, who would have thunk THIS would turn out to be false? LMAO

Or, that Market Research did their work, saw how the market reacted to such rumours and decided to park the idea of always-on internet connection.