Kotaku is reporting that the next-generation Xbox will require an Internet connection in order to actually start up games and apps.

Two sources speaking to the big K confirmed that the system will be an “always-online” one.

“Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used,” one of the sources said. “If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started.”

“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.”

Sony has since confirmed that the PS4 will not require you to be online to actually play a game.

Microsoft are rumoured to actually reveal their next Xbox in May before E3.