A new report stating that the Xbox 720 (Durango) will require an internet connection to start games hit Thursday according to anonymous sources. However, gaming website Kotaku buried conflicting anonymous sources stating that there is no such requirement in the middle of its lengthy article.
"Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used," an anonymous source told Kotaku.
"If there isn't a connection, no games or apps can be started," the source continued. "If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time--currently three minutes, if I remember correctly--the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started."
Kotaku then waits a couple of paragraphs to add the caveat other sources have informed them that they are unaware of any such always on requirement.
Despite these conflicting reports, Kotaku's headline reads loud and bold with a headline of "The Next Xbox Will Require an Internet Connection To Start Games, Sources Say" along with an image of a small globe and the words "always on".
We expect this report to be mentioned hundreds of times across other gaming website, forums and social media as if it is now a certainty that this will happen. Only it isn't as conflicting reports from anonymous sources are just that and it means that nobody really knows.
That said, Microsoft would be foolish to implement such a feature on a console and will set itself up for a massive consumer backlash if it an always on internet connection is in fact true. The reasons why are numerous including the fact that there is no guarantee that 100 percent of Xbox 720 buyers will have an always on and always steady internet connection to the vulnerability of Microsoft's servers from attacks and just plain malfunctions.
Despite this, we can only suggest not to get in an uproar over this news yet. Not until Microsoft can officially confirm or deny that the Xbox 720 will require an always on connection.