The rumor mill is in full swing today as VGleaks released some fresh details from the supposed Durango SDK which confirms some of the older suggestions but also highlights Microsoft’s plan to have their next Xbox as always powered in various states and always connected online.
Many people reading this rumor – which is all it is for now – are perhaps taking things way out of context and suggesting “always connected” refers to the dreaded DRM (Data Rights Management) which some companies have employed to combat piracy in the past. The fact remains, the current Xbox, PS3 and PC all operate with an always connected set up simply for ease of use and people are not having issues with it. The biggest fear it seems, stems from the fact that gamers are not happy with the prospect of games not being playable offline. Sony has already suggested that any sort of DRM style operation isn’t practical, so why Microsoft would go against this would be seen as a negative move.
It’s obvious a lot of negative press is being thrown about the more Microsoft keeps its plans a secret which can’t be good publicity; but until they spill the beans – hopefully next month – gamers and the like of VGleaks will have to make up their own minds from what information slips onto the net.