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 hope Microsoft is ready to take a huge hit in their sales in regards to their "always online" gimmick. I'm in the military and being out to sea neglects me the means of being connected to the internet. A lot of military personnel rely on video games to keep moral up and make the days pass while they serve their country until they can come home. So if we can't play their games without an internet connection, then we'll find a game system that we can.
If I had to guess, they saw the fallout from that tweet war and have since been trying to figure out how to spin their always on components. Probably would have been best to delay the reveal until after they'd decided on a story...
Please just tell the truth, Microsoft!
Great, they don't even know which is which.
They have 19 days to try to win back people.
For me, there is a difference between a device that is always-on and a device that requires an Internet connection to run! Of course, the features requiring a connection will not work without one, but as long as the "updates" (or whatever the system requires) are done when the connection is available WITHOUT locking the console so I can't use it works for me! Still not sold on XBox One or PS4; to early and too many unknowns to choose one over the other.
They have to clear up these issues or they are going to fail miserably in the next gen.
As long as it can detect wi-fi I'll be good...but I can't play with my internet because of a bandwith limit
I can't believe it. They do not learn.
Everything I hear about the new Xbox just makes it sound worse and worse... at this point I feel like it would have been better to just say: "We're releasing a new Xbox on xxxxx" and not say anything else.
People really now a computer and ps3 do not need internet to function.
If you have to always be online in anyway, shape, or form, I will not get this Xbox. I'll just stick to my PC and leave it at that.