Xbox One Doesn't, Er Does Require "Always-On" Connection [Update: Once Per Day]
Posted on Tuesday, May 21 @ 16:28:00 Eastern by Alex_Osborn
[Update]: Conflicting reports continue to fly out of Microsoft's Washington campus on whether or not Xbox One requires an always-online connection. While the response according to Wired was fuzzy, Phil Spencer seems to have locked the situation down for Kotaku.
"There are many devices in your life that require the Internet to function." Harrison continued to say that "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."
When pushed about how often Xbox One needs to connect to the internet, Harrison replied "Depends on the experience." Single-player games, blu-ray movies, and downloaded content won't require many connection checks, for example, but Xbox One "is fundamentally designed to be expanded and extended by the Internet." Further, Harrison said that even for single player games, Xbox One users must connect to the internet at least once per day.
[Update]: It appears that while, technically, the device won't require an always-on connection to function, developers have the ability to take advantage of that requirement. According to Wired:
[Original Story]: Following the Xbox Reveal, Don Mattrick confirmed to GameTrailers' Geoff Keighley that the Xbox One will not require an always-on connection to play games offline.
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