The lights are on
Today Microsoft gave more details on the Xbox One's connectivity requirements.
The system can be played offline "for up to 24 hours" on your primary console or up to one hour if you're using your login on somebody else's system. Although you can use your Xbox One for other stuff (to watch live TV or play movies) while offline, you cannot play games offline after the allotted time unless you reconnect. The company says this is to see if "you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend," as well as for system, app, and game updates. It would appear that this is the method by which Microsoft will determine if you've given/sold your game to someone else.
Microsoft also recommends a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps for the best experience with the system, and that if you don't have Ethernet, you can tether the system to your phone's broadband (provided your provider allows it).
Here's the info direct from Microsoft:
To ensure Xbox One
works optimally and can offer the experiences described above, it is designed
with the following networking requirements:
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.
In addition, Microsoft offered details today on how the Xbox One will address used game sales and game sharing with friends, and offered clarifications regarding the upcoming console's privacy settings.
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VGoodthing I'm buying a ps4
I don't have a problem with this either. Whenever I play my 360 I connect online even if I'm playing a single-player game like Skyrim.
thats it.. Microsh!t went full retarded.. Im out .. and I have owned more than 60 games and stuff like the wireless steering wheel or the bluetooth.. *** em.. Im not supporting this greedy, mass controlling shait.
c u guys!
The Xbox One is going to be DOA.
that's crazy! If you would have told me 5 years ago, that the next Xbox will have an easier time allowing consumers to watch television and movies than playing GAMES, I would have laughed you out of the room. You need to be online to play games, you do not need to be online to enjoy the television. Why? Why can't people who buy the xbox one enjoy playing Halo 5 offline? My dad is is 60 years old. He doesn't have the internet because he doesn't feel that he needs it. This console single handedly cuts him out as a consumer. He is now forced to stick with the ps4, and I bet my dad would have been interested in the xbox one because of the cool TV stuff, but now its a worthless overpriced box to him. This just doesn't make sense. And for myself who has the internet, I live in the south where we get bad weather every year in the form of hurricanes. Last year we had a storm that didn't knock out power, but did knock out the internet for about 2 days. So I'd just have a really expensive blu ray player at that point. That doesn't right to me.
That's just plain stupid.
As someone who has a generally good internet connection, this does not bother me, however, I still don't agree with it at all. I certainly can feel for those who may have a bad internet, or no internet at all. Unless Sony pulls the same BS, I likely see myself getting a PS4 just out of principle. Microsoft seems to ignore their core users in an attempt to commercialize, and appeal to families. First its now an entertainment system before a game console, and then it requires it to be always online. The only people who will enjoy the console are those outside the main demographic of young males and females. The console is now meant to be the center piece of a family living room, that is of course, those who seek to watch TV and movies more than play Xbox, and can afford an always online, constant, stable internet connection. Sorry Microsoft, but you really dropped the ball on this one. I can see Sony execs salivating now.
Goodbye, Microsoft :)
thats so stupid