Xbox 720 rumors are flying around like there’s no tomorrow and a particularly tenacious example has just gained some serious credence. As far as whether or not the next-generation games console will function as an always-online device that has to be connected to the internet in order to function, those behind the initial leaks may well have been onto something.
According to Kotaku, a further duo of sources have come forward having had first-hand experience with Xbox 720 prototypes and have confirmed that it will indeed need and internet connection – without which it will not run any apps or games whatsoever.
Not the most startling revelation in its own right, but the same sources also went on to say that the Xbox 720 will only be able to deal with the most minor of breaks in internet service without pretty much shutting down.
They warn that three minutes without an internet connection will cause whatever is being run on the 720 at the time to come to a grinding halt – not exactly the bet of news for those plagues with the odd brownout here and there.
Rumors of an always-online Xbox 720 span right back to the fist whispers of the device quite some time ago, though seem to have been popping up with increasing regularity as of late. Initial fears were that the always-online system would be used to prevent the use of resale or second-hand games – a move that would have potentially alienated millions of gamers and destroyed the resale market.
This particular notion was however largely debunked and thankfully doesn’t appear to be the case.
As far the eventual Xbox 720 release date is concerned, most expect Microsoft to lift the lid on the device by way of an unveiling toward the end of this month, to be followed by a full-scale global launch closer to Christmas – the same launch window as the Sony PlayStation 4.