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Microsoft: Next XBox Will Work When Your Broadband Doesn't
Internal E-mail Appears to Debunk 'Always Online' Rumors
by Karl Bode 01:09PM Monday May 06 2013
The last few months have seen several developer and insider leaks across several outlets claiming the next Xbox will require an "always on" broadband connection as a way to counter both piracy and used game sales. Needless to say the rumors angered a lot of possible customers with the botched launches of Diablo 3 and SimCity (both requiring always-on connections) freshly in mind. Aside from some snotty, career ending Tweets, Microsoft has yet to publicly comment on the rumors ahead of an official unveiling of the new console at next month's E3 in Los Angeles.

However, Ars Technica has obtained an internal e-mail sent to developers working on the console that insists the product should work when your broadband connection doesn't:
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"Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet." It continues, "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."
That of course doesn't mean Microsoft won't come up with some ridiculous ploy to thwart piracy and used game sales, it just means those efforts won't be quite as obnoxious as previous leaks have led everyone to believe. If done well, the system will work like Valve's Steam -- where there's simply an online verification process. However, this is Microsoft we're talking about, and finding a way to botch their sector lead in console gaming through bad decisions would not be exactly uncharacteristic.

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King P
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Meh...it's MS, what else do we expect?

I mean, seriously?
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Re: Meh...it's MS, what else do we expect?

I expect this sort of garbage to be done by the developer, and Microsoft is asking them not to.

e-mail sent to developers:

users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work'
yes playing a single player game
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SixSpeed

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This "internal email" really means and says very little. Until I see the console launch and someone from MS stating emphatically that there are no used game blocks or internet requirements, I believe nothing.

I will NOT buy a new console that blocks used games or requires an always on connection.

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Re: Meh...it's MS, what else do we expect?

said by SixSpeed:

I will NOT buy a new console that blocks used games or requires an always on connection.

Which is why it will not require one when they first launch it, but an "update" 6 months to a year later will enable that "feature."

/M

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Re: Meh...it's MS, what else do we expect?

said by mackey:

said by SixSpeed:

I will NOT buy a new console that blocks used games or requires an always on connection.

Which is why it will not require one when they first launch it, but an "update" 6 months to a year later will enable that "feature."

/M

If the durango does end up requiring an always on connection, I would be more interested in getting a Wii-U or maybe even a PS4 unless they're gonna have the same requirements.
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SixSpeed

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said by mackey:

said by SixSpeed:

I will NOT buy a new console that blocks used games or requires an always on connection.

Which is why it will not require one when they first launch it, but an "update" 6 months to a year later will enable that "feature."

/M

I couldnt imagine any company would do anything that stupid. There would be multiple class action lawsuits if MS suddenly crippled peoples XBOX's after the fact.

Ebolla

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"single player game"

Possible they could still require online connection if the game also has a multi-player mode so you end up still needing a connection for single player, doubtful but wouldn't surprise me.
LTE4LIFE

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Thwart Piracy...lol right!

If MS really wanted to thwart piracy they would have done it with the first XBOX. They obviously will allow some kind of backdoor open to allow game console hackers to play pirated games. It aids in the sell of more hardware..
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Re: Thwart Piracy...lol right!

That's pretty twisted logic there. Considering console makers make very little and often times lose money off the hardware. Games and online services are where they make their money.

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Why would any developer trying to make a living off his work will code for the Xbox knowing all to well of a backdoor?

DeathK
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Keeping The FUD Alive

Activities that shouldn't require a connection don't actually require one. Whodathunkit! I love how the FUD continues though regardless of the real facts. You gotta keep at least some of the FUD'y rumors alive, amirite?

I also love how rumors are automatically considered true and then have to be proven false. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? SSDD
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Re: Keeping The FUD Alive

Those rumors came from game devs working with system specs and a creative director at MS, and MS was completely silent on the whole thing until now. I'm guessing public backlash had a hand in swaying (or reversing) their decision. We'll likely never know for sure.
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DeathK
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Re: Keeping The FUD Alive

said by bionicRod:

Those rumors came from game devs working with system specs and a creative director at MS

The rumors came from "sources" which were never really divulged. It's a lot of "he said she said" crap. Also misinterpretation of leaked documentation could be partially to blame. The rumors propagated because they're juicy and sound good to those who like to get their jollies off spreading FUD.

Microsoft has remained publicly silent and will continue to do so until the official unveiling because they do not entertain rumors and make statements on unannounced products.

And again, people continue to discuss with colored language and make statements on the rumors like they're fact.
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Re: Keeping The FUD Alive

said by DeathK:

said by bionicRod:

Those rumors came from game devs working with system specs and a creative director at MS

The rumors came from "sources" which were never really divulged.

Chris Orth (the creative director) personally tweeted his moronic tweets and "resigned" (coughfiredcough) over the scandal. And you're right, the devs involved did not divulge their identities. It doesn't mean they don't exist or were lying. I admire your loyalty though, and you're probably right. Microsoft would never do anything stupid or anti-consumer. Wait wat
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Rekrul

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Like Steam?

If done well, the system will work like Valve's Steam -- where there's simply an online verification process.

So a console that is designed with DRM in hardware to only play original discs, should also have online verification? What purpose would that serve other than locking out used game sales?

And what happens a few years down the road when a new console comes out and MS no longer supports this one? Do all those store-bought games become coasters because the console can no longer perform the online verification?
DaveSin

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Really?

What would happen to their sales outside the US, where million of existing users do not have broadband access? This rumor makes no sense, since they would be shooting themselves in the foot by alienating a good chunk of their potential user base.