Xbox One Requires Daily Internet Connection, Offline Gaming Not Possible Beyond 24 Hours
In an effort to curb some of the concerns consumers have raised about the Xbox One’s always-sometimes-maybe-online internet connectivity, Microsoft released some updated details about the console’s requirements. They are quite interesting.
As per the Xbox Wire, every Xbox One owner “has a broadband connection.” For a company hoping to sell one billion consoles, Microsoft had better hope at least half of the 700 million current broadband customers around the globe buy two to make that even close to possible. Presumptions about the Xbox One’s audience aside, the connection is required to allow the console 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.”
It’s great the Xbox One will do auto updates. Of course, the console only needs to check this at least once daily. As a result, you can only play games offline on the Xbox One for 24 hours at your own home. That number drops to just one hour if you’re logged in on another console. So basically, if you lose internet for whatever reason (act of God, moving, you’re on vacation or in the military), you’ve got a finite amount of time you’re allowed to play a game you purchased on a console you paid for. So at the expense of being able to play games whenever you want or wherever you are, you won’t have to wait for title updates anymore. Sweet?
What do you think of the policy? Has Microsoft gone too far, or do you take no qualms with the connection plan?