Leak: Xbox 720 will work offline

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A leaked Microsoft memo seemingly rebuffs rumours of an always-on requirement.

Micosoft's Xbox 720, codenamed 'Durango', will not require a constant internet connection to work, if a leaked memo from Microsoft proves to be real.

Obtained by ArsTechnica, the memo could quell the outrage amongst consumers when rumours surfaced that the next Xbox would require a constant internet connection.

“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet,” read the note to employees working on the next-generation console.

“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.”

While much about the upcoming console remains shrouded in mystery, Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox 720 will be shown off at a special event later this month.

Additionally, the company plans to use the following Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to showcase a line-up of titles.

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