Microsoft Corp. Xbox 360 successor will not require a persistent Internet connection to function according to a new report.

Ars Technica this week claims an internal memo sent to employees working on the next Xbox states that the console will function without an internet connection, including playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV and playing a single-player game.

Numerous reports claimed the next Xbox would require an ‘always on’ internet connection in order to function.

Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox May 21 in a broadcast at, Xbox Live and Spike TV.

The next Xbox is said to utilize an 8-core AMD CPU at 1.6Ghz and a D3D11.x GPU from an undetermined source. Hard drive capacity is to be determined.

Earlier reports claimed the next Xbox will utilize 50GB capacity Blu-ray discs for games. Games will reportedly require activation codes to prevent second-hand usage.

Finally, an improved version of the Kinect sensor is said to launch with the next Xbox.

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