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A new report is claiming that Microsoft’s next console will require an internet connection to start up. A source spoke to Kotaku and revealed that if the system goes offline for more than three minutes, any game or app that is running will be suspended.

“Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used,” the source said.

In case you weren’t aware, it was revealed some time last year the codename for the next-gen Xbox is Durango. “If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started,” the source added. “If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time–currently three minutes, if I remember correctly–the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”

This report currently corroborates a story from February, when a source claimed that Xbox Live would be an “Integral” component, thus making an “always on” internet a requirement. A report from April 2012 claimed the “always on” component was for combating piracy.  Further speculation claims it is an attempt to block used games. I think it is important to keep in mind that Sony has basically said that the Playstation 4 needs to be always online for it’s features to work, but in a more pleasing and less blunt fashion.

So what do you think? If this turns out to be true, would you not buy a next-gen Xbox. Let us know below!!