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Always-online new Xbox 'not as draconian as many believe' - report

Respected tech blogger talks down furor over new console's always-on stipulation

The next-generation Xbox will require an internet connection to function, but is apparently not "as draconian as many seem to believe".

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That's according to tech blogger Paul Thurrott, who previously accurately leaked Microsoft's plan to host its next-gen Xbox reveal event on May 21.

"The next Xbox must be Internet-connected to use," Thurrott reiterated in a new report. "This is the source of the 'always on'/'always online' rumors and isn't as Draconian as many seem to believe," he added, suggesting that the requirement may not be as prohibitive as those angered by the rumour fear.

Thurrott went on to reinforce several other details previously reported on the new console, including that it will run a "Core" version of Windows 8, will pack a Blu-Ray drive, and will arrive at two price points; $500 flat, or $300 with a commitment to two years of Xbox Live Gold for $10 monthly payments.

He also stood by a next-generation Xbox launch date of November 2013 - which will have it go head-to-head with PS4 due out in "holiday 2013".

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