Microsoft confirms required 24-hour check-in for Xbox One

Playing Xbox One games on somebody else's console will also require a check-in every hour.

Microsoft has officially confirmed the previous statement given by corporate vice president Phil Harrison that all games running on the upcoming Xbox One console will need to check in online every 24 hours.

The platform holder had previously refused to state exactly how often the Xbox One would need to check in online.

"With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console," reads Microsoft's statement.

If playing games on another Xbox One, such as a friend's or family member's, the console will require check-in with an active Internet connection every hour.

Microsoft adds that "offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you reestablish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies."

According to the official details, this is required so that the platform can acknowledge and verify whether users require game updates or have traded in their games. Additionally, Microsoft says games that make use of the Xbox One's cloud technology "may" require a constant connection to the Internet.

Microsoft recommends a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps for use with the Xbox One. "For reference, the average global Internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps," says the publisher, adding that "in areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband."

The Xbox One can be connected to a home network using a wired cable or via 802.11n wireless. The Xbox One contains two wireless antennas, as opposed to the singular antenna used in the Xbox 360.

Microsoft will be showing off its catalog of Xbox One titles next week at E3 2013 in Los Angeles. GameSpot will be in attendance.

The Xbox One was officially unveiled last month in an event held at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington. Speaking at the event, Microsoft said that the console would not require an always-online connection for offline games.

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Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

This is a great incentive for otherwise legitimate consumers to resort to piracy simply to not be hassled with such requirements.

babybeckett93
babybeckett93

I won't ever be able to understand why these sloppy decisions are being made

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

Someone should take this article off-line, since it's a load of manure.  People keep following the link to here and read a lot of false information...

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

You could get mobile broad band, but when your limited with download restrictions of under 10 gig a month are you really going to use all your bandwith playing xbox? The info-structure in America is not ready for this kind of technology. There are millions of houses with out internet ability.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Someone needs to turn this story off now.

drokmore
drokmore

Even with a great connection, what if my internet provider goes down and I can't do a thing. Their biggest mistake is mentioning this type of restriction without any detail... for a company with so much money (well not as much after the windows 8 debacle) they sure are out touch with the gaming public.

so_hai
so_hai

Wow - it's even more needy than Steam...

Maybe if you just keep rolling the internal clock back... 

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

what happens if you miss that 24 hour deadline? Xbox one is frozen and turns into a brick?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Confirmed: One day your $1000+ game collection will switch off, and never switch back on.

Sardinar
Sardinar

Microsoft confirms my purchase of PS4.

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

this  actually gets the pirates more interested to hack and expoilt the system more

tiwola
tiwola

I don't even have any real issues with paying a bit extra for used games. Down here a new game costs around N16000. Basically $100. I don't mind getting it used and registering with a pittance to play it online. I did that for my Battlefield 3. No problem. But checking in???? Why???? What exactly is the benefit of checking in? To me anyway?

robert83a2
robert83a2

The pirates wont be affected by this, only the legitimate users....

The pirated console will be hacked that it will probably not require an internet connection....

Which is not a deal breaker, since XBOX Live and the rest of the Services is crap....

botswanky
botswanky

And all of this thanks to all the people that think pirated software is a victimless crime...

gamer6130
gamer6130

lol Microsoft is working for the American government, this is the best way to keep tabs on peoples activities around the world. i cant believe they priced this shit $500.

hall0559
hall0559

As always, Jeff is 100% right, it's too short of a window (the 24 hour check-in). Just this coming weekend I am planning to bring my 360 to the cabin, for a four day mini-vacation, where there isn't even cable tv or drink able water.  I do this maybe only 9-10 times a year, but still not being able to do so with an xBone takes away a lot of value for me. So I probably won't get one unless this restriction changes.

Also what about people doing on-site R&R in the armed services? Don't a lot of them play on OFFLINE 360s?

Until there's like global wifi and physical copies truly are extinct, I just don't get how you can have a restriction like this. I guess cuz when they look at the bottom line they go, "meh it works ok for most people". 

Thanks M$ for making the next console purchase much easier to decide.

talamalopilis
talamalopilis

so judging from previous events i would bet that on day one the xbox servers go down like did sim city and diablo III and no one will be able to use their box for a good 3 days to a week... 

Arsalnovt
Arsalnovt

Why microsoft..... WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tyrone20006
tyrone20006

The Xbox one is just crap I will never buy the stupid console periodly, I have already pre-ordered and paid for my PS4 and I can not wait for it to get released

pa_amb_tomaquet
pa_amb_tomaquet

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..............................................................................HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh boy.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Basically Microsoft is saying if you have no internet connection at home do not bother buying the xbox one.

Epic Fail.

imo there are very many gamers with no high speed internet connections at home who microsoft has now alienated. 

osxgp
osxgp

Microsoft seems to have lost touch with the gamers who helped make the Xbox 360 so popular. I enjoyed the years of games on my Xbox 360 but it seems MS is clearly not listening to what gamers want; only what the suits who make the most money in the corporate office want. By having a 24 hour check in, they have eliminated people who don't have an internet connection or whose connection is unreliable at best. Not to mention the people in countries who don't have internet altogether. Hopefully they will do some serious damage control because the PS4 is looking better and better to those who feel like MS is abandoning them as gamers. I never go online with my games with the exception to see if there is an update for the game I'm playing. Being told I have to be connected makes me want to not do it at all. We as gamers want....wait for it....PLAY GAMES. We don't want to be told what to do and when to do it. Playing a game is a break from everyday life. We get told what to do at work or in school. We don't need to come home have our console tell us we can't play a game because we weren't connected to the internet for the last 24 hours or the game we borrowed, bought, or rented won't work because the console doesn't support used games.

davidsor
davidsor

absolutly nobody has mention that the 24 hour check has a beneficial side for customers, wich is that in those 24 hour you could play the same game(1 disc or license) on 2 consoles at the same time. before it checks again from internet


yes off course it will check every hour on the secondary console, but you can still play offline in the first and online on the second one, until the 24 hours.

LastMatic
LastMatic

@JimmyJumpy I know where your coming from but i disagree - people are fickle so its important that everyone is aware of what microsoft tried to do.

Pion2099
Pion2099

@Nonamemcgee23 Did you read the dates posted? Because this article was 2 weeks prior to the update you posted, which is in all likeliness a direct response to the upheaval caused by the original announcements.

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@mischiefmeerkatMicrosoft adds that "offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you reestablish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies." 

That's what's wrong with society today.. they don't want to read articles they just want to form opinions and spread rumors. Read before you post.

quidditch3
quidditch3

@mischiefmeerkat I would like to know that myself I don't play every day and when I am not playing my xbox is unplugged. even if it wasn't unplugged what happens if I move and put my xbox in a box for a week. Xbox speak up please

gothicman
gothicman

@tiwola I'm here to watch over you tiwola, to keep you safe, to make sure my mission is accomplished. (i.e. be big brother)

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@gamer6130 You mean they wouldn't rather just go thru the phone companies.........you really think your smart phone cant be turned on by magic and monitor your every bowel movement. And your phone is normally within arms distance whereas an xbox will not be. ............... Conspiracy busted.

500 is cheap, i know some people who paid well over 1000$ for a ps3 when it first came out(suckers)

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@hall0559 Yup, i know when i was in the navy we lived on our xbox during off hours. And it makes you wonder if they will allow something with always on listening capabilities in some areas.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

And do not forget the all seeing eye watching you 24-7, that is just creepy. Big brother is watching you !

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@davidsor And you cant do that with a physical disc?  I guess the only pro would be you can be lazy and not have to take a disc over to your friends house, and you can just stop in and play.

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

@davidsor How does being able to play it on two consoles make it a benefit? I don't see a benefit in that, 24 hours so it can be played on two consoles is like giving someone a jawbreaker and letting them work at licking the many, many layers for a specified amount of time before it gets taken away, wether you're finished or not. Take away your meal if you're still hungry, do you know what I mean? 

Don't take offense to this as it is not my intention, but I actually don't really understand how that is a benefit.

Sardinar
Sardinar

@Nonamemcgee23 @Sardinar Well, what research can you do when Microsoft confirms one thing and then confirms the complete opposite? I don't see Sony being this capricious.

tiwola
tiwola

@drokmore @tiwola Fact of life bro. High selling games like FIFA and PES sometimes go as high as N18, 000. Exchange rate fluctuates around 158 to 160 Naira (Yeah, Naira. The currency in Resident Evil 5) to a Dollar. The main problem is the fact that there are no direct stores or direct launches in Nigeria. So stuff gets brought in by small-time supermarkets and electronic stores who then add a lot of margin to the price of the games. You can't buy it online and have it shipped to you cos most American and some UK stores have Nigeria on their blacklist. Really messed up situation.

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@F-14-D_TOMCAT they watch you anyhow ............ the only difference is this will be a company watching you and companies don't have the same legal restrictions as the gov't.(such as technically the goverment isn't suppose to keep databases... where as xbox can record everything and keep it for years)

davidsor
davidsor

@Sjalasvalten @davidsor you can buy a game with a friend and both play it every time at the same time repeating the process every 24 hours


tiwola
tiwola

@Nonamemcgee23You've made a few points that I'll address.

You asked questions which I've addressed by telling you simply how stuff is here. And you've made the assumption that I'm PROUD of it, yeah? So if I told you about the kidnappings that take place here or the killings or terrorism, you'd assume I was proud of it too? How about when you tell me about gun crime in the US? Should everyone here assume you were feeling gangsta about it?

You've obviously heard the term "Nigerian" and assumed that you're talking to a scammer, kidnapper, ritualist or any of the other negative sort you hear about from this country.

Your assume quite a bit.

Let me quote something you said earlier: "That's what's wrong with society today.. they don't want to read articles they just want to form opinions and spread rumors."

Seems you're part of society's problem, no?

Your next move should show us all how big a man you are, I think.

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

and do you wonder why sanctions are put in place for countries that are so proud of their pirating..............

And you're crazy if you think the US you cant get pirated software just as easily. So you still buy the software you just dont buy it from the companies making it. Now i know why i get so many scam e-mails claiming to be from nigeria(because everyone there is stupid enough to put virus filled software into their computers)

tiwola
tiwola

@Nonamemcgee23 Pushing people to PC Gaming in Nigeria is exactly the move that won't reap any dividends for Microsoft. On an average PC in this country, pirated software rules. No one buys original except large businesses and Government. If it isn't free, Nigerians won't put it on their PCs. Fact. Do some research on a place called Otigba in Lagos or Computer Village as it's known. That's where it's going down. Even the Microsoft office out here limits itself to Government. Look into it.

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@tiwola    and then that means some of those people will return to playing computer based games, a market which also helps microsoft........ so their losses wont be as great.

Microsoft can set a standard, PS4 will follow.......

tiwola
tiwola

@Nonamemcgee23 @drokmore In the event that they do that, someone in Sony would raise a glass to embrace the 2 million or so console buyers who'll switch to the PS4. Lemme do the math... That's a $1bn dollar loss to the Xbox One... Naah! Never happen.

Nonamemcgee23
Nonamemcgee23

@tiwola @drokmore and what are you going to do if xbox blacklists nigeria and wont let you purchase games thru them. You'll have no options at all. You won't be able to order from TOM in the US who can mail you a copy of the game he has laying around.

gothicman
gothicman

@Nonamemcgee23 You haven't been watching the news lately about the NSA have you? lol they have datacenters storing vast amounts of citizens data.  Welcome the the wonderful world of 1984.

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

@davidsor @Sjalasvalten And that's a benefit? I guess the idea of a benefit in your opinion differs from mine.  No problem with that.  It's just that a benefit is usually a gain of some sort...if anything this idea may be an opprotunistic benefit for the circumstances a gamer would be in if they buy an X Box one. 

I guess the bigger question is "Why even go through those lengths just to play a game with a freind in the first place?". None the less, if you support Microsoft in purchasing the system, get used to splitting their idea of "ownership" with a game you "own" with your freind...