Microsoft Xbox Infinity Set to Be “Tolerant” to Today’s Internet Connectivity

Microsoft Will Not Require Internet Connection for Single-Player Games, Blu-Ray Disc Playback

by Anton Shilov
05/07/2013 | 10:58 PM

Even though Microsoft Corp.’s next-generation Xbox console is persistently rumoured to require Internet connection to run, a new internal message obtained by journalists indicates otherwise. While many services of Xbox Infinity, currently known as Durango, do need Internet, basic tasks like playing a single-player game or playing back a Blu-ray disc will not require connection to the Web.

 

"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," an internal letter sent to people who work on Xbox Next, and published by Ars Technica, reads.

At present it is unknown which of Xbox Infinity services will require Internet connection. For example, if a disc with a game is inserted, should it be validated using online methods, or it will simply work? Nonetheless, it is a good news that the new console from Microsoft will not have to be in always on/always online mode all the time.

Microsoft plans to formally unveil the Xbox Next on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at a special event. At the gathering of journalists, game developers and analysts, the world’s largest software developer will likely share details about the hardware behind the Xbox Next and Kinect 2, interactive and social entertainment capabilities of the new platform as well as new Xbox Live features. In addition, the firm will probably discuss some of the eye-catching titles from first-party and third-party studios. However, the company will hold some details about the console and its lineup of games will the E3 trade-show in June, 2013.

Microsoft Xbox Next “Durango” is expected to be architecturally similar to the PlayStation 4. It is believed that the future Xbox will be powered by AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console is projected to feature hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive as well as robust Xbox Live online service. It is believed that Microsoft Xbox “Durango” has lower-performance graphics sub-system as well as slower memory sub-system when compared to Sony PS4. Microsoft is projected to install Xbox 360 core-logic into the new console to maintain backwards compatibility with current games.

Microsoft did not comment on the specs of the console.