The lights are on
The one thing we seem to know is that the Xbox One will not require an "always online" connection in order to function. Unfortunately, the messaging coming out of Microsoft today about what kind of connection the console does need has been confusing at best and conflicting at worst.
Today after the Xbox One presentation, a number of sites spoke with Microsoft officials about the things that weren't said on stage. Kotaku sat down with Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison and got a definitive answer about the console's connection profile. According to the article, Harrison told Kotaku that he believed a connection was required at least once in a 24-hour period. There was no indication of what would happen if that daily check-in didn't happen, but we suspect that in combination with games being tied to accounts that purchased software won't work.
Later today, Microsoft addressed Harrison's comments with Polygon, stating that "there have been reports of a specific time period — those were discussions of potential scenarios..."
Right now, we can only point out the discrepancies that continue to emerge around this issue and the the approach Microsoft is taking with used games. E3 is only 19 days away, and we hope that the company has answers to these questions when we reconvene in Los Angeles.
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[Source: Kotaku, Polygon]
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I was very disappointed at this console. It's more of a TV BOX than a gaming rig. They could barely tout the specs of the system, only clocking in at 5 billion transistors and not using APU. Their attitude against used games is appalling. Taking advantage of a free market just like EA, who is apparently their partner in crime.
This frustrates me.... When the Ps4 was announced, we got exciting news. This is just bad news after another.
I hope the rumor that SOny is doing the same is false
MS knows good and well it always need a connection for most of the features....
oh brother. it may not be always on, but it doesn't sound like it's far off.
According to the article, Harrison told Kotaku that he believed a connection was required at least once in a 24-hour period.
WHAT. WHAT is happening?
Hmm. Microsoft really likes to shoot itself in the foot.
Great, the moment that I start to celebrate about crushing always on-line, then all of these questions arise. We might've just dodged a bullet and headed straight into another one. We all should know that they were deliberately holding out for E3 face time, so we'll probably see definite answers soon.