Report: Durango Designed to Work with ‘Today’s Internet’

An internal Microsoft memo offers some good news for those worried about the next Xbox system (which they call Durango in the memo) requiring a constant connection in order to use. According to that internal Microsoft e-mail (as reported by Ars Technica) the next Xbox has been designed in a way that recognizes the delicate nature of today's Internet connections.

"Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet," reads the memo sent to all employees. "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."

The memo also confirms what has long been rumored about the new console from Microsoft – that it will be capable of functioning like a set-top box for live TV, that it will have some sort of HDMI input, and that it will support Blu-Ray discs.

Now if only Microsoft would have included backwards compatibility in the system (it is rumored that it doesn't do to a change in the architecture of the system – which is ultimately incompatible with games made for the Xbox 360) then we could almost fully get behind this new console…

Source: Ars Technica


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    Krono says:

    Yeah, some people on AT said similar things. The thing is though, this isn't a reminder on corporate policy, it's a reminder on features of an upcoming product. It's like sending out a mass reminder email to say "Our upcoming gaming console will have a disc drive and play videogames."

    In other words, a very odd sort of thing to send a mass reminder about.

    Though in their defense as someone else on AT suggested, this memo may just be Microsofts way of combating the rumors without breaking their policy of not officially responding to rumors. Certainly it reads more like an official press response to the rumors than a routine internal memo.

    I suppose it's possible that the rumors generated enough internal confusion at Microsoft that they had to clear it up internally, but I find that a little difficult to believe as well.

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    Sleaker says:

    My work often sends mass email reminders on policy, or even simple clarifications on already existing policy.  They range from security of client information emails such as 'Don't discuss these topics with anyone else.'  To 'Remember the dress code when we have guests in the building is this…'

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    Krono says:

    To quote one of the most popular comments from Ars Technica's article:

    "Of course, the existence of such a mass e-mail implies that this is a recent change in policy. My work never sends an e-mail to everyone to say, "Just FYI, the policy we've had this whole time is still the policy. Keep doing what you've been doing.""

    So yeah. I'm doubtful that Microsoft wasn't at least considering it.

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    Technogeek says:

    You mean the gaming community might have lost its collective shit over absolutely nothing? Gasp! Shock! Generic onomotapeiae of alarm and/or surprise!

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    Imautobot says:

    Wow, am I the only one who is annoyed by rumors.  Cause we're all repeating… "I heard a rumor…  mumble, mumble, mumble."  But at the end of the day, none of us actually knows shit, and all we've done is perpetuate lies.  If the damn media would just wait for solid information before "reporting" rumors, a lot of this frustration could be negated.  BTW, this isn't necessarily a gaming issue, CNN/FOX/MSNBC do this crap too.

    While I do agree that "always on" and DRM schemes would be console suicide, the fact that no Microsoft Reps have come out and blatantly railed against it probably signifies that they are, at the very least, considering it.  That's one rumor I wouldn't want circulating.

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