Xbox One Won't Be Always Online, But Internet Preferred

Contrary to the slew of Durango rumors that have been floating around on the web for the past few months, the Xbox One won't be always-online.

Unfortunately, it might be a little bit too early to rejoice. According to Xbox Wire, Microsoft's newly launched news service for the Xbox, the One will still require an Internet connection: "No, it does not have to be always connected," stated the Xbox One FAQ, "but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. 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."

Essentially, there are a host of Xbox One services that are reliant on the Internet and the Cloud. These include: "The cloud makes every experience better and more accessible.  Because Xbox One is powered by the cloud:

  • Your games have more power available to create new gameplay, persistent worlds, and deeper experiences.
  • Your system and games can update automatically, so you shouldn’t have to wait for downloads or updates.
  • Your games and entertainment are stored and saved in the cloud, so you can access them anytime, from any Xbox One.* 
  • Start a game, movie, or TV show on one console and finish exactly where you left off on another.
  • You can play multiplayer games with your friends, stream movies or TV shows right away, and enjoy the community and social features of Xbox Live.
  • Xbox One can recognize you, log you in and tailor your home screen just for you."

So while the Xbox won't be always-online, gamers will still need a reliable Internet connection to have a lot of the nifty features that are integral to the new console. That proves to be a bit of a problem for gamers that aren't near metropolitan areas with great Internet. Essentially, with the Xbox One, Microsoft may be distancing itself from its customers who don't necessarily have access to reliable Internet, which is quite troubling. Whatever happened to the days of gaming without having to bother with the Internet at all?

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  • melvar
    I'm guessing that even if it won't lock you out of your games when the connection isn't there, you will need to be online to activate a new game before it will let you play it.
    It seems like the days of being able to buy a game and play it without getting further permission are over.
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  • jezus53
    Anonymous said:
    Imagine trying to play a PC game these days without a internet connection? You would have to go back to CD-ROMs being mailed to you for updates! Or better yet, floppies! Remember the bad old days of waiting for an update to arrive in the mail?
    No, any piece of recent technology almost demands a internet presence. Personally, I would move if my place did not have good internet and I have been here 25 years! I can understand if you were a farmer or lived and worked in a small town but a relative just built a huge expensive house just far enough down a dirt road to make it cost prohibitive for cable or internet service. WTF?


    Updates are one thing, but just to play the game is another. I live just on the outskirts of Silicon Valley and I don't have internet. I have to tether to my phone. And just up an moving for internet so I can play my games is just plain stupid. All I want is for me to be able to buy a game, and then play it. Done. By requiring the internet you just gave me one more step in the process of playing my game, and a difficult one for me and probably a good amount of people.
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  • varun706
    Whatever happened to "pop the disc in and play"?
    Aaah.. I miss the good ol' days.
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  • bobusboy
    "Xbox One can recognize you
    If Kinect is required I will not be buying this.
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  • nevilence
    so it still works without a connection...well kinda works
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  • vmem
    hmm, smart choice. good to see Microsoft listen to us consumers
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