I can hear everyone rolling their eyes already, and I can’t blame you. Every time one of these Rumor pieces goes up concerning the NextBox 720 Durango Project Fusion, it’s usually accompanied by a big fat NO. No backwards-compatibility. No solid name. No, no, no.
How about a yes, for once?
Rumor has it that an emailed memo is floating around Microsoft, and according to Ars Technica, it states that the NextBox might not be always “always-on.”
According to the reports, the memo says the eighth-gen Microsoft console “is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. 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.”
This memo comes hot on the heels of reports of dissent amongst the Microsoft ranks, some saying that the backlash against “Always-On” Adam Orth re-energized a contingent at Microsoft who have always been against “always-on,” and two schools of thought are repeatedly butting heads in the Redmond, Washington headquarters. Combine this with the rumor that development of the NextBox is running behind schedule, and it makes for some juicy drama that may be in play come E3.
Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors nor the memo itself. The NextBox will be showcased at Microsoft’s upcoming May 21 event.