Yes, Xbox One DOES Require Internet Connection
It was previously rumored that the newly announced Xbox One would require an “always-online” connection. While consoles haven’t had to deal with such a model, games like Diablo 3 and the new Sim City saw devastating launches with much backlash from requiring the connection.
Today, at Microsoft’s press event, many breathed a sigh of relief as announcement of an always-on connection seemed to be swept under the rug, leaving most of us to assume it was a non-issue. However, in a Q&A on the press site for the Xbox One, Microsoft’s vice president Phil Harrison states, “No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet.”
So what does that mean?
Kotaku’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Totilo, asked Phil Harrison just exactly what this meant in an effort to clear the air once and for all. Harrison replied, “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.”
In reference to how often the new system will check for a connection, “Depends on the experience,” states Harrison. He goes on to say, “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.”
When asked specifically how often one should be connected online, Harrison stated that it should be at least once every 24 hours.
Yup. Every day.
So what does that mean for people who don’t have internet access, or men and women on military bases? Well, they very well might be sh*t out of luck.
There’s no telling how this will affect the success of the Xbox One, but if one thing is for sure, our worst fears are slowly coming into fruition. What do you guys think? Will an “always-online” connection stop you from picking up the Xbox One? Let us know!