Xbox One: Must Connect To Internet Every 24 Hours To Continue Offline Gaming

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Microsoft has addressed in more detail the controversy regarding the “Always On” Xbox:

  • For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps).  In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband.
  • While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.

With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.

I suspect we’ll see a lot of outrage, but little impact on actual sales.  Realistically, who is going to be offline for more than 24 hours.  The Xbox One is first world device with first world problems, deal with it.  Look, I know you want to continue playing with your Xbox when the Zombie Apocalypse hits, but I suspect you’ll have bigger problems at that point.

Source: Xbox Wire



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Suril is a scientist, journalist and obsessive Microsoft observer. He holds an advanced degree in Biotechnology with minors in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. Send him tips on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/surilamin

  • Bugbog

    “..when the Zombie Apocalypse hits, I suspect you’ll have bigger problems at that point. than not being able to use you XB-One off-line!” LOL

  • arrow2010

    I suspect this will offend 1% of the market. Microsoft can’t determine their XBox platform future on 1% of the market need. Let’s face it, being connected to the internet 100% of the time is almost around the corner.

    • just a guy

      Here, in Italy, lot of people don’t have a everyday internet connection, and we’re not so “uncivilized”.. This limited offline crap will hit more than 1% and it feel like an useless limit just to annoy us

      • naero

        I agree in Australia too. Although most tech savy people are online all the time anyway. Mist people who own an Xbox in this country play offline only with no or very limited bandwidth internet.updating the console and games all the time will make them run out if bandwidth when all they get is around 1 – 2gb per month

        • NGM123

          I’m in Aus, I have an Optus account with unlimited broadband so it’s no biggie for me, however this does seem like an unnecessary pain in the ass for others and it appears our rights are slowly being eroded.

  • Gromanon

    This is surely a minor inconvenience but lets be realistic! Alot of PC games and publishers already require an always on connection in order to play.

    Nothing terribly new here regarding that. Just a natural evolution of digital content consumption in 21st century.

  • TheHumanOracle

    Don’t know if this a smart move. I’ll still get but there are plenty of people who just don’t have a network connection to their TV area.

  • MaitreSoda

    I’ve spent most of my teenage life playing PSOne and GameCube in a friend’s basement, where we still don’t have wifi. I’m pretty sure that despite the progress internet has made, there are still basements kids play in and that wifi still doesn’t get through.

    I’m not saying there aren’t solutions, but this is a serious pain in the ass. And the laternative is so simple: requiring the disc when there’s no internet.

  • leharmeerak

    so xbox one will not be sold in middle east where people rarely connects their consoles to internet connection… that’s a big loss, they are around 300-400 million people… this not good…

  • Buckaroo Banzai

    So what happens if you don’t have an internet connection? You can’t play games?

    • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

      yes.

  • Jim C

    Count me as a 360 owner being pushed off the platform specifically due to this requirement. If i own the hardware, i should be able to use it, this sounds more like a lease to me. Sony must be having an EXCELLENT day today.

  • wpfan

    This has to be the most harebrianed decision possible from a marketing standpoint. Its at the very least an inconvenience to the consumer that has no tangible benefit. The required internet connection every 24 hours and the restriction on lending and selling games will come off as nothing more than a big corporate money grab. My guess is that the cost of games will also increase from the current $60. Congrats Sony, all you have to do is be moderately less deaf to gamers than Microsoft and you effectively win the next console war.

  • Junk Face

    how about if your in the military and deployed?

  • Zac Rollins

    Hey Don Mattrick, Thanks for considering the Men and Women that protect your butt.

    Did you even consider the 100’s of thousands of military personnel like myself that have temporary missions that last a couple of weeks or deploy for 6 to 12 months at a time and dont have the capability to connect once a flippin day to check in or validate or whatever security crap your selling. You need to realize that a large majority of us 2 to 3 children and typically give them the same systems we use. Whats the freaking point of the console if it can’t function on its on without a crutch. I love all my gaming consoles, from my NES to Dreamcast to my first Ps1. My Xbox 360 on the other hand has had a huge amount of love with over 160+ games, and if I couldn’t play 85% of them because of degradation to graphics and gameplay because I’m down range in Afghanistan, living in a tent trying to entertain myself with my Xbox 360 and portable monitor and NO FLIPPIN internet I would tell you go take a swim in a lava pit. I understand checks and balances to extent, but how is the offline gamer hurting online gamers. He/she isn’t lag spiking other or cheating. He/she isn’t hacking and stealing info from other. To be honest there will always be those who are going to try and break the system so they can pirate material. That should be where you checks and balances come in and validate a fake disc or bogus ditigal copy or even modded hardware. Just don’t take away the availability of options. You say you empathize with us, but are unwilling to even consider working an avenue that could appease a much wider audience. All this while saving face and preventing the lose of Billions of dollars in profit and millions of happy customers.
    Think about that
    Zac (Splik Laga21) Rollins

  • pfc bell

    You ignorant son of a bitch! The soldiers in uniform complained and got it changed… little impact? Deal with it? What about the soldiers over seas?!