Xbox One Is Only Fully-Offline After The First 20 Minutes Of Online
Uh-oh. It seems that there could potentially be more furor over Microsoft’s online policies for the Xbox One, however this time it’s a little bit different. When the Xbox One was first revealed it was stated that the console is an ‘always-online’ unit, therefore one would need a permanent internet connection. Then, after much outrage, the company changed the policy to exclude the always-online requirements.
Gamers were very happy.
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Now, however, it seems that the console will still need some sort of online capabilities–just for the initial booting. Microsoft has said that the console requires around 20 minutes of online time, enough time for an update to install. This update is presumably the update that limits always-online requirements, and other features.
Marc Whitten, Xbox One’s chief platform architect, noted that the day-one update would be installed and running within half-an-hour. “We are optimizing Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible. While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users,” Whitten explained.
Seriously–it’s not that bad, however it does put those without any internet in a bit of a predicament. Although, fortunately for Microsoft, it will only release the Xbox One in a few countries, all of which have easy-to-access internet services.
Hopefully by the time the console launches in South Africa the units will be preloaded with updated software, otherwise you might have to go visit a friend for 30 minutes.