Microsoft on Used games, Network Connection & Privacy.

Xbox_DefaultHey Guys sorry for a long haitus but I am back unfortunately with bad news or meh news. (depending on how you take it, I for one think Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot with a shotgun…)

Microsoft has released concrete information on their on Xbox website Xbox Wire regarding how used games work, confirming that you WILL need an internet connection for the system as it checks your connection every 24 hours, if it doesn’t detect a connection you will not be able to play games AT ALL.

The system becomes a glorified cable box with pretty much the same features as Xfinity’s X1 Platform service. Check out the YouTube video below to view the promo video regarding the X1 Platform.

There is actually three quite sizable articles regarding the Xbox One. As I am pressed for time at the moment I will highlight the key features that I believe are important for everyone to know about and then give you links to the actual articles if you want to read everything.

Now the issue that is on everyone’s mind, will I always need to be connected to the internet to play single player games on my Xbox One? YES, as explained in the requirements below.

Networking Requirements

To ensure Xbox One works optimally and can offer the experiences described above, it is designed with the following networking requirements:

  • 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.

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.

This is all we and great but what about everyone with a spotty internet connection or no internet at all?

This will obviously not be the console for you.

What they also point out is that you can access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.

I ask this, what if you friend has a crappy internet connection or there brother or w/e is downloading or watching Netflix or playing a online game in the other room? Chances are the game will be laggy and unplayable.

They suggest using a portable device such as a phone or portable modem if you do not have broadband connection readily available to connect to the system…WHAT!?! O.o you know how much those cost a month?? and how slooow they are??

Yes the system will always be up to date so you don’t get that “Game Needs an Update to Run” screen anymore…but my PS3 would always do that already thanks to PS+.   They say that you will

“Never miss an opportunity to play games with your friends or to catch up with family on Skype. Use Skype in Snap mode to chat while you play games or watch TV.  Or enjoy group video Skype calls with people around the world, all from the comfort of your living room.”

Unless you have a non-broadband internet connection.  I wonder how many parents are going to get the Xbox One for their child(ren) not knowing ANYTHING about just that their kids want it and they will probably figure it out.  No knowing it will need this, that and the other thing to work properly.

Here is the full article regarding Internet Connectivity: Xbox One: A Modern, Connected Device.

Regarding Kinect being always on and always listening, while it does need to be connected or the Xbox One will not work…you do have complete control over what it does, sees or hears. You can have it paused and then its like not having it at all.

Full Article: Privacy by Design: How Xbox One and the New Kinect Sensor Put You in Control

As it is easier at the moment and I need to get going (busy day ahead for me)…I am going to post the bullet points directly from the Website.

  • Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.
  • Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.
  • Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games.  Anyone can play your games on your console–regardless of whether you are logged in or their relationship to you.
  • Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games.  You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.
  • Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.  Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.
  • Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.

You can read the full article here: How Games Licensing Works on Xbox One

Please leave your comments or feedback below!! What do you think of this?  I do know about you but this is a nail in the coffin for me ever getting an Xbox One.  Till next time…

– GunplaGamer