Microsoft committed to providing offline, single-player experiences on Xbox One

The Xbox One will take full advantage on its online capabilities, but single-player "remains a conerstone of gaming."

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Although the Xbox One may have originally required a constant Internet connection, Microsoft says they’ve always been committed to providing high-quality offline experiences as well.

“Single-player gameplay remains a cornerstone of gaming,” said Microsoft’s Phil Spencer in an interview with GameSpot. “Looking at this last year, my personal game of the year right now is Brothers. I thought it was just a fantastic XBLA game this summer. I had a great time, and it wasn’t an online game at all. [Microsoft] will continue to invest in those games. I have a controller in my hand, I’m looking at a screen, I don’t need to compete with somebody, I don’t need a leaderboard, I just simply want to play through the game.”

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However, even with experiences that remain primarily offline, Spencer doesn’t rule out supplementing them with online options when appropriate. “It’s true that for some of those games, if you have a connection, they might take advantage of that in some way, and I don’t see that as a bad thing.” But the “heart and the soul” of a single-player game remains in providing a quality experience “when you’re sitting on your couch playing….Even a game like Forza, with 16-player multiplayer. If pulling the gas trigger and hitting the brake and steering don’t feel great, whether I”m connected or disconnected, the game’s going to fail."

“Having great single-player games for people that are disconnected, purely disc-based customers, will be a huge part of our business," said Spencer. "We’ll continue to support that. And we’re signing games today where the heart and soul of that game is an offline experience. If there are connected experiences [the developers] want to augment in the game itself, I think that’s great, but so many games really live or die based on how much fun you have with...the single-player experience.”

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Cool I almost never play multiplayer because

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Here is forza 5 looking gorgeous in full 1080p 60fos

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Mod why did you delete that video?

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Ya that's what I though remove the video and say nothing. But yet you leave 99% of troll talk on here. Great job.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Don't badger the mods. Your definition of trolling is anyone speaking negatively about XBOX One. However that's allowed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Perhaps videos aren't allowed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Watch out dude. Just don't say anything about the mods. They ban fast.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So posting a a new video of forza 5 on a gaming website is not aloud. Oh and all you do is troll xbox .

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Lies. The Xbox One was NEVER designed to be an offline single player console despite the clumsy spin and misdirection from Phil, Albert, and Baghdad Larry.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol Baghdad Larry.

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The final 10 degrees of the Xbox 180.

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More lies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Lies are from sony.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You're an idiot.

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choose , single player at 720p or 1080p ?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Have we forgotten that LoU was native at 720p yet was on of the most visually stunning games this year?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And, in 1080p it would be even more stunning.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> this resolution stuff is nonse. if resolustion was really such a bif factor how come you sony drones were no all over the saturn after all it had a higher resolution than the ps 1

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And next gen isn't even out yet.. so how can there posibly already be games that push the systems? 720p was this gen, but we didn't get that at the beginning of the consoles lifecycles did we?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Next gen is supposed to push the envelope. 720p is last gen. 1080p is superior. It's okay to make lemonade out of a lemon console, but that isn't to say it's better than a console that can do the same and more.

1080p and optimization is better than 720p and optimization.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> that's not the point, The point is its all about what you do with the hardware and X1 and PS4 haven't even tapped their potential. These 720p jokes coming from two launch titles that were actually meant for current gen. And as a neutral gamer who usually gets all consoles, I've seen both gameplays and they both look good. Some parts win on X1 and Some on PS4 but in the end you're using the 1080p card for nothing. Look at Ironfall coming out for the 3DS. Perfect example that proves my point on hardware usage

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@elegantspock Whatever. Just load up Mass Effect on PC at 720 then change it to 1080 and all of a sudden the milky blotches turn into clouds on earth in the background.

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Where do you get these numbers from the toilet or your ass

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Pretty sure that is in direct opposition of what a previous exec said stating that people who wanted offline single-player games "can get a 360". Never buying from this sh*t company ever again. Once the Steam OS comes out I won't even have to put up with them monitoring my computer anymore

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It took a long time to get here people. Nearly a decade of waiting for next generation game consoles to come out. We're nearing the end of 2013 and that time is now. Finally after all of this time and our many progressions in gaming hardware and technology Microsoft has brought us 720p games!

That's right we can now play games in 720p! Next gen is here and it's marvelous. To top it off we now have support for single player games. Future tech for the win.


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Great sony dribble please wipe your mouth. Forza 1080p - Project Spark 1080p - Ryse 900p - KI -1080p- I love how mindless sony clowns like this fool make the console sound like it only does 720p -

PS4 Cod 1080p with frame issues and worse textures.

PS4 - BF4 - Over blurred with muddy textures and using motion blurring during cut scenes.


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<< LINK REMOVED >>Forza is dumbed down, and has no weather, dynamic lighting, no night racing. It only has to animate tires. Ryse was downgraded and still is only 900p at 30FPS. KI is on a last gen Mortal Kombat engine, XBOX 360 could run it.

Those PS4 games look better on actual 1080p TVs, not grainy streaming video with motion blur. Even if they didn't actually look great, which they do if a developer is too much of a failure to take advantage of powerful hardware it's their own fault. Killzone: Shadow Fall looks better and runs better than COD:G, and BF4. And, it's 1080p 60FPS in multiplayer. Conclusion? Those developers are crap.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You know that only some games run at 720 not all games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If any of them besides indies run in 720p then Microsoft has already failed. Next gen powerful consoles aren't supposed to struggle to run games. Dead Rising 3 is 720p 30FPS. What is that?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Angel LOL! What an idiot! Keep telling yourself that XBone cant run 1080p if that makes you feel better.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hahaha. Man you are hopeless. Well this is all I'll say. 5 games What's the big deal about 5 games? And as far capture goes I could care less and last I checked the only thing really next gen about the next gen is the Kinect. All the PS4 is is a PS3 with amped up hardware. Lastly the Xbox One can display at 1080p natively and that's all that matters, so 5 games don't not a big deal.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Dead Rising 3 720p 30fps, RYSE 900p 30fps, BF4 720p, COD:G 720p, Killer Instinct 3 720p.

"The Xbox One captures game footage at 720p and 30 frames per second, Microsoft has confirmed."

It's embarrassing, it's XBOX 360.5. It's half last gen half next gen.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Alright I don't know where you get your info but you might want to check again Forza 5 runs at 1080p. Actually the only games I know running below 1080p are Battlefield 4 and Ghosts and the of course Ryse. But like I said before don't expect perfection out of the gate and last I heard and even some people on here have mentioned it some of these PS4 games that are running at 1080p are having problems doing so. So you just keep going with your "loses at every angle" I hope it makes you feel better.

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@USNavyTech @AngelsongCA Dude XBOX One runs that same game in 720p. The PS4 resolution is still much higher. PS4 has no 720p games. The rest are 1080p.

And, that's 900p at 60fps. Ryse runs at 30fps in 900p. Even that is worse, it loses at every angle.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wow aren't you one to whine about 720p but then defend 900p. Haha. Well you do that I'll enjoy Forza 5 which is running at 1080p.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 900p 60fps, with a large scale war going on with vehicles etc... They didn't have time to optimize so it's acceptable. It's still not 720p which is much lower.

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LOL you talk trash.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So not all games are running at 1080p on the PS4 take Battlefield 4 for example. The systems are just coming out I wouldn't expect greatness right off the bat I mean take for instance you can't even use some of the PS4 features without the update.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I've seen about half of them not moving and standing completely still in the background. Hilarious.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LOL have you seen the amount of on screen zombies.

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Nowadays we lack games such as Ratchet and Clank, Sly cooper, Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Beyond Good and Evil, SW Battlefront, SOCOM, Syphon Filter, Ape Escape etc.

There are so many past games that are oozing with creative design and innovation, yet they are left untouched. That's the modern gaming industry for you....

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