The rumored claim that Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox console will require an Internet connection to start games or apps has been backed up with new sources.

According to Kotaku sources next-gen Xbox will be an always-online system, “Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used.”

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“If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started, if the connection is interrupted then after a period of time–currently three minutes, if I remember correctly–the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”

However, other sources familiar with the new console have said they are unaware of plans for an online requirement by Microsoft.

According to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, PS4 will not require an Internet connection.

Microsoft is rumored to reveal the next Xbox at a special event in late April.


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