The rumors of the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) and its “always on” internet connection DRM have been floating around for a while now, and as time passes by without anything official from Microsoft, more and more sources are stepping forward to confirm it. The latest is according to Kotaku, who have confirmation from two reliable sources that the Xbox 720 will require an always on internet connection to function. It is the next level of DRM and for many consumers, a bit of a nightmare.
According to their sources, for any game or app to be started, an internet connection must be detecte, otherwise the system will be pretty much unusable. As for a dropped connection, the system will allow you to play for upwards of three minutes after a connection drops before the network connection troubleshooter pops open and forces you to fix the problem. Microsoft has not commented on this and some developers have reported that they are unaware of this DRM on the Xbox 720.