After all the buzz, frustrations and fallout that has been received over the alleged concept of an always on-line Xbox, it could have been nothing more than just a rumour.

In an email reportedly sent to Microsoft employees, the rumours that the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection are proven false, along with a more solid confirmation that the next Xbox will indeed have Blu-Ray capabilities.

Ars Technica discovered the email which is believed to have been exclusively for full-time staff members working on the console.

“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.

As well as confirming the Blu-Ray drive, the email also leads us to believe that the next Xbox will in fact act as a TV box, allowing you to play live TV channels and perhaps some subscription services.

At the moment this is all just rumour but we don’t have very long left to find out. With the official reveal set for the 21st of this month, we are mere weeks away but in the meantime, what do you think? Is this the good news you’ve been waiting for? Or is the possibility of the Xbox acting as your new set-top box just another hurdle to be avoided?