Xbox One Requires Internet Connection Every 24 Hours Or Stops Playing Games, Used Games Clarified, Kinect Is Less Creepy And More Exclusives Incoming
Evening readers. Sad news for Microsoft fans and people with crappy internet. Or are they mutually exclusive? Anyway, Microsoft has said that the Xbox One will require an internet connection every 24 hours so that it can verify your console. If you are disconnected from the internet for longer than that and your Xbox One won’t play any games at all, even offline ones.
Here’s what Microsoft has to say: “Offline gaming is not possible after [24 hours of being disconnected] until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”
They also recommend a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps for “optimal experience.” Try getting those sorts of speed at an affordable price in Bangladesh. On the upside, they say that you can connect using mobile broadband.
If you’re wondering whether to used games will work on the Xbox One, or if you can lend Forza 5 to your friends, go no further:
“In our role as a game publisher, Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers,” Microsoft confirmed.
“Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.”
In the meantime, publishers remain undecided whether to charge a fee on used games.
Remember how we said that the Kinect is always watching and listening to you? Thankfully, that’s no longer the case:
“You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear: By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup,” Microsoft said.
“When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.
“You are in control of when Kinect sensing is On, Off or Paused: If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say ‘Xbox Off.’ When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command – ‘Xbox On,’ and you can even turn that feature off too.
“You are in control of your personal data: You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.”
If you’re interested going in-depth on how video game developers have responded to the news, read this up.
On a more positive note, Microsoft has promised even more exclusives for the Xbox One. Not all will be revealed at E3 2013, with a couple of them revealed afterwards.
@hugodrandrade E3 show is all games but we’ll still have more exclusives to announce post E3.I expect GamesCom to be a good event.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 5, 2013