Rumor: Xbox 720 will not need constant internet connection, runs on Windows 8
The Xbox 720 will not require constant internet connection in order to work, an alleged Microsoft worker claims.
“You are not required to be connected to the internet in order to play Durango games and MS were NEVER considering doing such a thing. Now please, just read that last sentence over and over again until it sinks in. Done? Good,” read the post.
The source also said that previous VGleaks articles regarding the Xbox 720′s specs have so far been correct. He added that the new console will also ship with an Xbox 360 SOC for backwards compatibility. The current-gen SOC is also supposed to boost the 720′s overall speed and performance.
The source went on to say that VGleaks articles about Kinect 2.0 is true and that the new hardware is “quite a substantial increase” compared to Kinect 1.0. He or she also pointed out that “any humanly noticeable lag should be gone.”
As for the Xbox 720 controller, the source said that the design is almost the same except for an improved D-pad that looks like the 360 model’s but feels different. It will be powered by AA batteries will reportedly last 16% longer.
According to the source, the Xbox 720 will be announced this May which coincides with previous rumors that Microsoft will reveal the console on May 21st.
The Xbox 720 will apparently run on a full version of Windows 8 but without the interface and will run the new WinRT framework which the source explains will make the console is the most “indie friendly” next-gen system.
Indie developers will be able to submit their games to the store without a dev kit for $60.