New Xbox won't need to be online for single player games says Microsoft

Put down those pitchforks and douse those torches. The ugly rumours of an always-on console appear to be false

Good news for gamers – the rumours of Microsoft's 'always-on' next-gen console appear to have been exaggerated. Either that, or it's changed its mind in response to the whirlwind of online fury at the suggestion that you'll a constant internet connection to play single player games.

A Microsoft email to employees (picked up by Ars Technica) states that "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 scenarios include "playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV and yes playing a single player game".

And there you have it. You won't need to hook up to the interwebs to rack up those single player gamer points, so put those pitchforks down.

The eagle-eyed among you will also notice a reference to Blu-ray, matching up with one of our predictions for what the new Xbox event will reveal on May 21st.

The reference to live TV also suggests that the new Xbox will be capable of overlaying its own interface over a digital TV feed, making it quite the media powerhouse.

It's unclear at this stage whether or not an initial internet connection will be required to activate a game, but we'll have to wait until the new Xbox event on May 21st to find out all the details, so join us then.

[Ars Technica via TechRadar]

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