There were rumors before today suggesting that the newly announced Xbox One would require an internet connection in order to function. Those rumors are, as it turns out, indeed true. Kotaku spoke with Microsoft’s Phil Harrison earlier today and this is what he had to say in regards to an ‘always on, always connected’ Xbox One…
“There are many devices in your life that require the Internet to function,” he said. “Xbox One is no different in that it requires, at some point in the beginning and at various times through its on state, to connect to our cloud and to our Internet. That is to deliver Xbox Live functionality, that is to deliver download content to you, that is to deliver some of the innovations around TV and entertainment that we showed today. But it doesn’t require it to be online all the time.
For single-player games that don’t require connectivity to Xbox Live, you should be able to play those without interruption should your Internet connection go down. Blu-ray movies and other downloaded entertainment should be accessible when your Internet connection may be interrupted. But the device is fundamentally designed to be expanded and extended by the Internet as many devices are today.”
Phil also clarified that for single-player games, you’d after to be connected to the internet at least once every 24 hours. Harrison didn’t go into any additional details on that, such as what would happen if you don’t connect within that time limit. I’m assuming the game would just stop and you’d have to reboot? Seems the most logical to me… and really not all that bad, but people will spin it the wrong way of course.
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