Rumors of the next gen Xbox console have all alluded to Microsoft's plan for an always connected device. There is some controversy around this feature, especially amongst those believing Microsoft will implement some sort of DRM scheme.
According to Edge and VGLeaks, fresh documents leaked reveal that the Xbox Durango will be "always on, always connected." This is detailed in the `Durango Hardware Overview' document that accompanies the console SDK. VGLeaks has a screenshot of the document along with shots showing the SDK installation process.
Edge's insider sources have confirmed that the screenshots are indeed real, confirming Microsoft's plan for an always online console. The Durango will make use of a low power state feature to allow for the system to be always on as well.
The console will be ready instantly when users want to play, and will always maintain a network connection so that console software and games are always current. With this "Always On, Always Connected" design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install games.
The leaked document also confirms rumors indicating that while the Durango will have a Blu-ray drive, games cannot be played straight off the disc as it will have to be installed to hard drive first. The good news is apparently, gamers will be able to start playing the game as it starts the install process like Steam.
While the Xbox Durango may very well force gamers to always be connected online, it may not be designed to block used copies of the game. According to the document, the intent of the always online requirement is to update and patch automatically. It does open the door for publishers to block gamers with used copies if desired.