An internal Microsoft memo offers some good news for those worried about the next Xbox system (which they call Durango in the memo) requiring a constant connection in order to use. According to that internal Microsoft e-mail (as reported by Ars Technica) the next Xbox has been designed in a way that recognizes the delicate nature of today's Internet connections.
"Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet," reads the memo sent to all employees. "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 memo also confirms what has long been rumored about the new console from Microsoft - that it will be capable of functioning like a set-top box for live TV, that it will have some sort of HDMI input, and that it will support Blu-Ray discs.
Now if only Microsoft would have included backwards compatibility in the system (it is rumored that it doesn't do to a change in the architecture of the system - which is ultimately incompatible with games made for the Xbox 360) then we could almost fully get behind this new console...
Source: Ars Technica