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The Xbox 720 or Durango have a ‘Always on’ Connection

The latest rumor was that the Xbox 720 will have a always on connection. New information has confirmed that leak. More through the link. 

Coming from Edge: 

Our insider described the screengrabs from the Durango SDK on as “entirely legitimate”, although they contain much of the same information we revealed on February 6th, and were circulated to developers working with the console last year.

The ‘Durango Hardware Overview’ section re-iterates that Microsoft’s next-generation console – codenamed Durango – 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.”

The new leak also tallies with our original story in that it confirms the new console will be bundled with a new, improved Kinect and also include a Blu-Ray disc drive.

It does reveal, however, that all games on Blu-Ray will be installed onto the console’s hard drive, and that play from the optical disc will not be supported. Game players will, however, be able to play games as they are being installed on the console.

MS might be shooting themselves in the foot here. I’m not sure how many people acually want a ‘always on’ connection. Hopefully it’s not intrusive like DRM.

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  • koopzilla

    I wasn't really planning on buying one anyway. I don't expect the hardware to be any better quality than the 360, meaning more rings of death. But anyway, I don't want my system on all the time even if it is a small amount of electricity being wasted I still don't want to pay for it if I'm not using it. You can bet the thing would be unplugged every time I wasn't playing it. Even more so I refuse to pay for X-Box live, I already pay the cable company for my internet, being always connected seems to imply you would be required to buy X-Box live. Call me cheap if you want, but I don't want to pay for electricity I'm not using, and again for internet I am already paying for. Also not sure about having to install my disc based games on the hard drive to even play them unless it has an incredibly massive hard drive. If all this is true, this thing just doesn't interest me in the least.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah I'm 100% against Xbox Live. Steam, Nintendo, and Sony offer comparable networks for free. It's not worth the 40-60 a month. And I as well don't feel like paying for electricity I'm not using. The Xbox 720 is looking to bleed your money dry. I'm not going to play a part in MS shenanigans again.

  • Amigaengine

    Wow MS knows how to ruin a good thing lol.

  • wooferz

    The more rumors I here about Xbox 720, the less I want to buy one.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, I\’ll be skipping out on the Xbox 720. PC, Wii U, PS4, and 3DS for me.