One of the big things many gamers have been worried about with the next generation Xbox is that it would require an always-on internet connection. While we have internet pretty much everywhere these days there are some instances where it is not available, or when it goes out. Well it seems that you will still have some features available to your next generation Xbox if this happens. These features include playing a single-player game, watching a Blu-ray disc or viewing live TV.
This was revealed from an internal Microsoft e-mail that ArsTechnica as acquired. In the e-mail it states: “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.”
So it looks like you will be able to use the next generation console offline, at least for those activities. We should know all of the offline features by May 21st when Microsoft is expected to announce the console to the world.