Xbox One Requires Daily Internet Authentication For Offline Play

Ahead of E3 2013, Microsoft released an official statement clarifying some of the most debatable aspects of Xbox One.

As part of the statement, Microsoft revealed that Xbox One games will have to be authenticated periodically over the internet and that offline play won’t be available when the authentication period expires.

“You can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library,” explained the statement. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”

As a result, Microsoft expects that all Xbox One consoles will have access to broadband internet.

“Xbox One is equipped with a gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11n wireless. With 802.11n, Xbox One can use the 5GHz wireless band which eliminates considerable interference from other devices in the home, such as cordless phones, Bluetooth devices and microwaves. Xbox One uses two wireless antennas, versus one in Xbox 360.

For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps). In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband.

While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.”

While the above text implies that Xbox One doesn’t need constant internet access, other parts of the document indicate otherwise. “Because every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection, developers can create massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you're not playing,” another section reads.

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IT's going to be hillarious a

IT's going to be hillarious a couple of days after launch because the same people who buy this console without knowing about the mandatory internet access are all going to be trying to return it because they are too stupid to know how to hook it up to the internet and they will be wondering why none of thier games work.

i heard that the game is

i heard that the game is actually half installed on the disc while the other half needs the authentication from the disc and downloads the rest from the server. Apparently they are calling it "secure Update" so that the user thinks its just an update.

retard

The only form of protest you can ever do is not buy the console, otherwise you give money to MS in several ways, even if you pirate all games.

...starcraft 1& 2....WOW....

...starcraft 1& 2....WOW.....All the total war games.....Battlefield 3 (I classify the PC version as a totally different game then the console version b/c it just that much better) Team Fortress 2... Not to be smart, but other then a very few exclusive games like Halo almost everything is available on the PC. And they always tend to better on PC platform.

There will be many people

There will be many people that buy it, either for exclusive games and also those who are totally unaware of how or even WHAT DRM is, especially those still very young. I never liked consoles personally, a PC will always be superior, more usable and less restrictive, no reason why I should lock myself.

With all the free to play

With all the free to play games on the PC why even bother getting an xbox these companies have proven that free to plays have pulled in a ton of money from in game purchases which I have no problems with It's the no cash up front to try the game instead of blowing 60 bucks and being disappointed Be interesting see what happens when the consoles release I personally will be waiting after to see how the consoles do

What, are you surprised?

So worried about "piracy" (and I'm sure that's it) that Micro$oft are actually hindering the consoles intended use. Speak with your money, it's all those people understand. That's if you can call them people.

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