A fresh report has claimed that Microsoft's next Xbox will in fact not require a constant internet connection, and that backwards compatibility will be offered in the form of an Xbox 360 add-on peripheral.VGLeaks cites
an unnamed source that states "Durango itself will also always be online like any other device (correct with rumors), but it will not be a requirement to play local content and it will not prevent playing used games."
It's worth noting that VGLeaks was also responsible for publishing screenshots from a Durango SDK and hardware overview that suggests that a persistent connection will be required
. Thus, confusingly, contradicting itself, and not really making today's speculation 'correct with rumours' at all.
"When the Durango (game machine) launches, it will not support backwards compatibility for 360 games out of the box," the new report continues. "Instead, this functionality will come from the other unit that will be networked with the Durango to provide this (not unlike the DVD add-on for the original Xbox)."
Apparently Microsoft is targeting a cheap price point for the Durango, will aim to keep it competitive with Sony's PlayStation 4 RRP, and is not focusing as heavily on Kinect development as previous rumours might have suggested.
We told you that playing the rumour mill was a dangerous game, didn't we? Good job we have all this salt handy.