Next Xbox will require an always-on connection

By on February 7, 2013
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Sources say that Microsoft will force users to connect to an Internet connection to use its next-gen Xbox.

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While this region, and many developing countries worldwide, struggle to maintain a stable Internet connection, Microsoft is reportedly risking a very bold with its next-gen home console, codenamed Xbox Durango. Edge reports that Durango will require an always-on Internet connection to function, with a new Xbox Live playing a huge role in providing console’s services.

Edge’s sources also confirmed long-rumored specifications of Durango. Apparently, Microsoft will use AMD’s eight-core x64 1.6 GHz CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a faster hard drive. The system will also launch alongside a new version of the motion-sensing tech Kinect.

Furthermore, several ‘development sources’ have told Edge that while both Xbox Durango and PlayStation 4 resemble a PC architecture, Sony’s solution is preferable and its OS is less “oppressive” than Microsoft’s new Xbox Live.

These are all rumors for now, so take it with a pinch of salt. While Microsoft may not be ready to reveal what it has in store with the Xbox Druango, Sony might take the first step forward on February 20th, as it prepares to discuss the “future of PlayStation” at an event in New York City.


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