Next Gen Xbox Will Not Require Internet Connection To Perform Basic Functions

Despite all the rumors saying that the next gen Xbox would require an internet connection to function properly, arstechnica.com reports that the next Xbox will not require an internet connection to perform basic functions, like playing a single player campaign or watching a Blu-ray movie.

An email sent out to Microsoft employees working on the next generation Xbox, reads:

"Durango 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."

Arstechnica.com also reports the legitimacy of other rumors regarding the next gen Xbox, stating that the Xbox would feature an HDMI input that would allow the connection of cable boxes in order to watch live tv.  Not only that, but sources also claim that the next Xbox will provide TV listings as well as similar information right from the console.

It looks like all the Xbox fans out there can breath a little easier, and hopefully this restores your faith in the brand. I was leaning towards the PS4, but if this is true, I will definitely be reconsidering my decision.

Now even this news is still only rumor, but hopefully we'll know for sure soon.  The official reveal of the next generation Xbox will take place on May 21st, and a full games lineup is coming to E3 2013!

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