Microsoft has dropped quite the bombshell as they’ve revealed quite a bit the Xbox One. One of the first things that caught our eye was the blurb below:
With Xbox One 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. 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.
We’ll you can’t get any clearer than that, so if you happen to live in some place where you don’t have an Internet connection or you don’t have a very reliable connection then you are going to be out of luck. The reason that an weak or unreliable connection could be an issue even if you have a connection is this blurb:
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.
The way we read that section is that it has some cursory checks that need to happen, so even if you had a connection but it wasn’t strong enough to complete the checks then its as bad as having no connection. This is nuts, what happens when you want to take your system on a trip to your friends house who doesn’t have reliable internet or on vacation to a hotel that makes you pay for Internet or wherever you might go. Not to mention the part about only being able to game for an hour if you log onto somebody else’s console. That defeats the purpose, so you can access your game library from your friend’s console which is awesome, but you can only play for an hour. FAIL. Microsoft has said that the Xbox One isn’t always on, but basically it is. This is a bad move on Microsoft’s part, because unless Sony comes out with something extremely similar to this which I don’t think they will, the Xbox One is going to be seen as ultra restrictive. And I didn’t even get into the used games stuff, I’ll save that for another post.
Hit up the comments and let us know what you think about this one, are you still excited to buy an Xbox One now?