Regular internet connection required for Xbox One

UPDATE: Microsoft's having a little bit of a messaging problem. The company told Polygon that Phil Harrison's comments on connection requirements were just a "potential scenario," and that it has not officially confirmed any related information yet. The original story follows below.

Xbox One needs a regular internet connection to function. That's not the same as a continuous connection as feared, according to a Kotaku interview with Microsoft VP Phil Harrison, but use of the console is still limited.

"[Xbox One] requires, at some point in the beginning and at various times through its on state, to connect to our cloud and to our internet," Harrison said. "That is to deliver Xbox Live functionality, that is to deliver download content to you, that is to deliver some of the innovations around TV and entertainment that we showed today. But it doesn’t require it to be online all the time."

How often it will need a connection depends on the situation. But to start up, it will need to be online. And to keep playing a game--even a single-player game--it will need to be online once every 24 hours, Harrison said.

So assuming your connection goes bad but you leave your Xbox One on, you could keep playing The Elder Scrolls VII: Orc Country for a full day before running into problems.

This brings a bit more clarity to an odd statement on Xbox One's FAQ: "No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet."

You don't have to remain connected to the internet at all times, but if you want to use your Xbox One, you'll need regular access of some kind.


  • talleyXIV - May 22, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Microsoft has officially lost me. - Still having to pay for online services while PS4 remains free. - Used game fees. - Always online. - Focusing more on Kinect, social media, TV, and anything that isn't video gaming. THIS IS A GAMING CONSOLE, PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND!
  • C.King - May 22, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    agreed it's nice it has other functions, but thier presentations spend an awful lot of time away from games and even then hardly anything inventive or fangasmic
  • Technodude - May 22, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Hahahahaha this is hilarious, great job Microsoft - alienate all the gamers that can't do anything about their internet and make daily spot checks on the people that have a stable connection? This sounds really fishy. Coupled with the charge for used games AND the cost of Xbox live, what a ludicrous money sucking scheme. They have no interest in the consumer whatsoever. At least Sony have intelligence when it comes to sales - they make a loss on the PS3 currently, to get one in everbody's homes, and then rely on the marketing of other supporting products like the games and Blu Ray to make money. Definitely sticking with PlayStation, especially since Sony seems to have a much bigger focus on GAMES, what GAME CONSOLES are designed for.
  • bestia121688 - May 22, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    Agreed, it is as if Microsoft forgot that we use the xbox for gaming.
  • Bgrimes78 - May 22, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    From the veiwpoint of MS they don't give two shits if you have stable Internet or not. They are marketing this machine to the 2/3rds of America that have stable Internet. To the families where everyone has a smartphone and 3 different tablets, and the Internet connected tv with the fios quantum speeds of 300mbps and the family that spends every waking moment connected to the Internet through social media and Internet browsing. They don't care about the 1/3rd Americans who don't have stable Internet or anyone else that may live in a country with lesser Internet capabilities. They want money and nothing more. This new system will sell great to families like the one above. Their not worried about the hardcore gamers that won't buy this or there original fanbase. They see a larger profit from the always-on families then they see in the core gamers that only want to play games. In my family I'm the only one that plays an Xbox so they aren't worried about selling to me because in my place there are at least 5 families that will be excited by all the new features but not be worried about the games. That's why their biggest talking points at the reveal were all multimedia functions but they tossed in the games for likelihood of a few famies having a kid or two that will play it
  • BarbwireTino - May 22, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    So what I am seeing is that you have to have your Kinnect on to use the Xbox One. Plus it needs to be connected to the internet to start and use. So it will probably be easiest to just leave it online while playing. Should we be at all concerned about privacy? I am turning my Kinnect towards the wall.
  • Bgrimes78 - May 22, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    I'm assuming that when the XONE is on the kinect will be required to be facing you and registering your movements. So turning it away or covering it up won't work. I can already imagine the pop up message that won't go away stating your kinect is not seeing you or your movements and to adjust it. Not doing so will prohibit use if the system.
  • Manguy17 - May 22, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Well that's awful, My xbox is currently offline for a week (gaming room tv broke, had to move to room without connection). So if it was an xbox one I wouldnt be able to use it at all. I guess i will invest my next gen console money into a pc instead.
  • bestia121688 - May 22, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    Sony isn't doing this crap to its consumers, that is another option.
  • ncurry2 - May 22, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    I love how people think that anyone that is going to play video games must live in an area with internet. Back home, I simply wouldn't be able to play this console. When I lived in the dorms at college, I wouldn't be able to after my roommate downloaded his weekly porn (I'm assuming) and our room got data capped.
  • mafyooz - May 22, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    Is it just me, or does this imply that if you go on holiday, even if only for a weekend, you either have to keep the machine online, ask someone to come and see to it every day as if you had pet you wanted feeding, or risk losing access to the games you've bought?!.....
  • Zeapron - May 22, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    I think it just means that you have to be connected to the internet, when you eventually return.
  • phil-bridge - May 22, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    Sounds like that to me, which is ridiculous.
  • sandplasma - May 21, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    That just makes it easier for me to make my decision. PS4 It is! :D
  • mikehoncho - May 21, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    If you think this was all Microsoft's idea you're crazy. Publishers have been looking for ways to crack down on used games and bootleg copies for years. Sony will probably have to implement something similar to get 3rd party games to come to PS4. So right now publishers are probably favoring Xbox One at this point because this will allow them to make more money. Hopefully enough outcry from gamers will get them to back off on the extent of mandatory online features. My opinion is that if you buy a physical copy of a game you shouldn't need to authenticate it online. But that's not how publishers see it, and all systems have to please them as much as the consumer.
  • Shinn - May 21, 2013 8:07 p.m.

    I live in New Zealand, and have a restrictive data cap. If my flatmates accidentally use our internet prematurely, I could lose access to my console and games for an entire month.
  • Sinsational - May 21, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    I love how making the distinction between Always-online and required internet access is supposed to make it better. They just alienated all the people that don't have easy access to the internet. It's just as bad as an always-online situation.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - May 21, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    Deal with it - Adam Orth
  • Spider3PO - May 21, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    I knew it! It starts with the need to be online at least at some point in a day. This is the first step in Microsoft's plan to create a big brother corporation that spies on us 24/7. This new Xbox is a spy sent to discover our secrets! In which they'll use all our system data to build an army of robots, that will use this data against us! All our FPS tactics will be displayed for the robots to see, we'll be unable to counter! No amount of time spent on sneaking missions will allow us to hide, as they'll be on to our favorite hiding places! It all starts here, my friends. Warn your Dad, tell your Sister's Uncle, give an inspiring speech to any who will hear you and not lock you away for sounding crazy to tell them. Maybe lie, say you got it from a documentary and back it up with random ancient prophecies (they can make anything sound legit, apparently). Just be sure to tell them - that the Xbox One is coming. The One who will spy on us all! The One that always requires an Internet Connection! The One with a silly name! :P
  • PatHan-bHai - May 22, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    FPS tactics? You mean cursing kids, right? If our 'FPS Tactics' were actualluu used for the robots then we would have some LOUD-MOUTHED moth fucks.

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