For quite some time now we have been hearing rumors that the next generation Xbox will require an always-on internet connection for playing games. It was also rumored that Microsoft will ultimately leave it up to publishers to decide whether their games would need such an internet connection. It is now being reported that Microsoft’s upcoming console will not need to be connected to the internet when the customer wants to play a single player game, play a Blu-ray disc or watch live TV, this according to an allegedly leaked internal Microsoft email.
The email was reportedly sent to full-time Microsoft employees that are working on the upcoming console. It says that “there are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection,” these include the three scenarios mentioned above. If this turns out to be true, many prospective Xbox customers will heave a sigh of relief. This alleged email also confirms another rumor that the next Xbox can be hooked up with cable boxes for watching live TV. Microsoft will be announcing the next generation Xbox on the 21st of May, followed by a full unveil at the E3 conference in June.