It has been long rumored that Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox 720, would require a constant connection to the internet to operate properly. Originally reported on by VgLeaks, it was sourced that a Durango SDK, referring to the Xbox 720 development kit, contained this feature.
Yesterday, Edge-Online published a report that stated that this information was confirmed by one of their inside sources. This unnamed source describes the information has being “entirely legitimate.” The “Durango Hardware Overview” document states the following information.
“Durango will implement different power states so that it can always be powered on, but will draw minimal electricity when not in use. 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.”
For those of you that may be interested, you can view a few concept photos of the Xbox 720 in the slideshow featured above this article.