Microsoft's next gen Xbox is 'engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet'

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Rumors hit the internet a while back about Microsoft's next generation Xbox console (codename Durango) would require an "always-on" internet connection. In a new report today, it has been revealed that the Xbox console will work without an active internet connection.

"Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] 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," the internal email sent to Microsoft employees stated.

Based on this internal email, we now know a few things. The next gen Xbox will not require an always-on internet connection. The next gen xbox will feature HDMI input to allow for cable boxes to be hooked up for live TV, TV listing, and other information.

The Microsoft Xbox team is planning on announcing the next generation Xbox console on May 21st. After that, Microsoft is expected to completely reveal its plans for the next generation Xbox on the eve of the E3 entertainment expo in early June 2013. The new Xbox is rumored to feature a Blu-ray drive and a new Kinect alongside the Xbox console.