After almost a few weeks of radio silence, Microsoft has finally revealed the requirements to play YOUR games.
As you probably know, the previous, or currently generation Xbox doesn’t require an Internet connecting to play games. You just drop in a disc or play from the console’s hard drive. That’s anything but the case with the Xbox One, the now much maligned next-gen console from MSFT.
According to a post that appeared on the official Xbox website, gamers will be able to game offline for up to 24-hours. After that period of time the console will need to log in to the company’s servers. If it can’t, your gaming will presumably come to a grinding halt. Worse, if you “game” at a friend’s house – their console, your game, your login – the Xbox One will effectively need an always on connection, as it will check in with Microsoft’s head of security EVERY hour. And one can only assume that this means you can’t lend games to friends, unless of course you – this is pontification – a)pay a fee b)transfer ownership.
Insult to injury, the post goes on to say that gamers can still enjoy Blu-rays, DVDs, and TV. Oh, really? Thanks for that Microsoft. You’re so generous.
Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this, and I’m not even a true gamer. I understand the need to increase profits and control copyrighted material, but this is a step too far. Time and time again consumers resent companies that keep too close of a watch and control on their possessions. Generally speaking, the result is a failed product, and while I probably won’t even be buying a PS4, Sony has now got my vote despite long having a rather lackluster interface on the PS3.
Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t officially mentioned how they’ll be managing used games. But based on the above info, it’s likely that this post will hold true.