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What are some rumors regarding the Xbox 720?

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Rumors surrounding the eighth-generation Xbox console included speculation about the release date, price, hardware specifications, digital rights management and online connectivity requirements. The press used the name Xbox 720 when discussing the Xbox One, the eventual successor to the Xbox 360, though the internal development codename was Durango, and Microsoft never attached the Xbox 720 name to any official projects.

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Many rumors correctly identified 2013 as the release date of the new console, though some rumors speculated a date as late as 2015. Some rumors claimed Advanced Micro Devices would supply the processors while others named Intel as the supplier. Microsoft shipped the first generation of consoles with a custom 1.75-gigahertz processor from Advanced Micro Devices. Reporters speculated the console would sell for $400, but Microsoft shipped the first console bundle at a $499 suggested retail price.

Early rumors about the console suggested that users would have to maintain an active Internet connection to operate software, a measure that would verify software authenticity and prevent piracy. Later rumors of a leaked email from Microsoft refuted the initial rumors, and the email allegedly informed staff that offline games, live television and Blu-ray would all run without an Internet connection. During the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft settled the rumor by announcing that users had to connect the console to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. Microsoft later removed this requirement prior to release due to negative consumer feedback.

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