Xbox One Reveal: We’re Still Not Sure About The One Being Always-Online Or Not
Wasn’t that a little sigh of relief during the reveal last night? Not a single word about the Xbox One always having to be online, that’s at least one thing people wanted to see. However, it’s not entirely an offline console either. Coming from the increasingly useful Q&A session held after the event, Microsoft hinted at the possibility that the Xbox One would need an internet connection every now and then.
Kotaku boss Stephen Totilo asked Phil Harrison for some clarification regarding the Xbox One and an internet connection, and the answer provided my be good or bad, depending on where you aim to play your Xbox.
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“There are many devices in your life that require the Internet to function. 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.”
The real kicker came when Harrison was directly asked whether or not the One would need to be connected to the internet before games could be played, which prompted a rather interesting response.
Kotaku: If I’m playing a single player game, do I have to be online at least once per hour or something like that? Or can I go weeks and weeks?
Harrison: I believe it’s 24 hours.
Kotaku: I’d have to connect online once every day.
So not exactly always-online, but not completely offline either. Every 24 hours doesn’t sound like much of an issue to most of us, but it has the potential to cause problems for some. This system is most probably in place to ensure that the game you’re playing is linked to your Xbox LIVE account, as Microsoft aim to kill the middle man in the second-hand games market.
Thing is, just a few minutes later, another Microsoft representative told press that the scenario described by Harrison was a “potential” one, and that the details regarding the Xbox One and required internet connections has yet to be confirmed.
“While Phil [Harrison] discussed many potential scenarios around games on Xbox One, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. There have been reports of a specific time period — those were discussions of potential scenarios, but we have not confirmed any details today, nor will we be.”
So again we’re left to wait and wonder.