Xbox One Will Require Daily Internet Connection
Just when you thought it was safe to stop worrying about the lack of always-online connectivity comes the news the Xbox One will need to go online at least once per day. Of course, this juicy tidbit of info managed to sneak out of the main press event, and wasn't revealed until later on Tuesday.
Microsoft's recently launched news site Xbox Wire features a FAQ section about Xbox One. The very first question is "Does the Xbox One require an always on internet connection?"
"No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet," the site states. "We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection."
When Microsoft VP Phil Harrison was asked to elaborate on the statement by Kotaku, his response was thrilling. "There are many devices in your life that require the Internet to function," Harrison 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... But it doesn’t require it to be online all the time."
When pressed further, Harrison continued digging the Xbox One into a hole. Kotaku asked just how often the console would need to connect, and Harrison said it varied based on the experience. Single-player games and movies should have no issue being played even without an internet connection, but Harrison added the Xbox One was "fundamentally designed to be expanded and extended by the Internet as many devices are today."
The killer comes when Kotaku asks how often a single-player game must connect to the internet. Harrison revealed the Xbox One must go online at least once per day. There was no clarification as to what would happen if the Xbox One didn't connect to the internet on a given day, but the prospects of using the console sans internet connection, or with a poor internet connection, have all but evaporated.