The Durango “Always Online” Leak Is Real
Remember that leak yesterday from VGLeaks which suggested that Durango, the next-generation Xbox, may just require an always-online connection? Well, according to a source who confirmed it to Edge, it’s very possible that it was real after all. I guess now it’s time to worry.
The Edge insider described the screengrabs on vgleaks.com of the development kit of Durango as “entirely legitimate”.
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The ‘Durango Hardware Overview’ section states that Microsoft’s next console will be “always on, always connected”.
“Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use,” the document reads.
“The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this “Always On, Always Connected” design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install games.”
Of course we have to wait until April to find out if this is really legitimate, but it’s worrying because we just don’t know if the “always online” requirement will hinder you from playing single-player games or using the console. There are many ways the always-on could be a problem, especially if you don’t have access to a stable internet connection (you could be connecting your console wirelessly) or if you wish to take your console on the road. It’s puzzling to me why Microsoft is keeping silent on this issue as it could deter gamers, but I guess they’re doing what they’re doing by just staying away from rumours.
Let’s wait and see.