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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Microsoft is so retarded. You can't even use the X1 console to play offline games without having an internet connection to update it out of the box.

Committing to disconnected users by selling them a brick that can't play games? They're just hopeless, completely hopeless.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You can't do much either on the ps4 with out it's day one patch

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah you can't do much except play a game unlike the bone.. lol Good luck with that son..

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You can play games on PS4 out of the box completely offline. The reason for buying a game console is to be able to play games on it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I didn't call you retarded. I asked you if you were, because of your response. You can reply with either yes or no.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well then count 3 words across from the comment I replied to, its not rocket science.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> My what? That was a serious question, because your response implied as much.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There are many reasons that one would not have internet. Mostly beyond a person's control due to availability. You're pretty narrow minded. Discarding a base of gamers just because there aren't as many of them as their are online gamers.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your 3 word could get you a ban under the new GS rules. If only I wasn't t so dense I could report you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This is dumb. If you're into new and next-gen games, you're into technology. If you're into technology, wtf would you be afraid of the internet and shun having access to it? These people don't exist.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "The reason for buying a game console is to be able to play games on it" - So no not really.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> SNES doesn't have new or next gen games on it. Stupid argument.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Might as well buy and old snes and pay less then as it just plays games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually dreamcast did that but it also sucked so MS did it better.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm sure you did. Stfu.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Nope, I used to play KI on my SNES via dial-up.

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wow the micorscam PR express train is in full throttle. I find it funny that their commercials for the xbone show all its TV features but mentions nothing about games. lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I haven't seen an Xbox tv centric commercial in months. The only commercials they play are about games. Wherever you live sucks.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> sure my little bind and mindless bot.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I doubt he can afford a TV licence and his kid is just an old teddy bear.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your cable/satellite provider sucks. Simple truth. With both the internet and TV it is impossible that you didn't see an Xbox GAME focused ad - especially considering they played it THREE fucking times during Walking Dead on Sunday and CONTINUED to play it for the rest of the night. It couldn't just have been on AMC.

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LOL, Like Forza 5, Titanfall and Dead Rising 3 are "TV features" shown in recent commercials. Try harder.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He's right, the commercials are not game-centric. Msoft is trying to appeal to a broader audience.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LOL sony the dribble of the gaming community will say and do anything just like its fans

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> thanks dude. I saw then during the football game and while my son was watching wrestling. Not one mention of games.. Pathetic..

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So two weeks before their new system launches and this is the first time anyone has mention an interest in supporting "games" for their "game console". News to me! The many headed M$ hydra strikes again. Now I'm waiting anxiously for tomorrow to come so I can read about another guy at M$ completely contradicting everything in this article. Way to stay on message, M$! Is there a message? What message?

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If you like your off-line single player games, you can keep your offline single player games.

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LOL @ Mircosoft's full court PR press today.

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NO, they just removed the news embargo that they had in place about the One so all the news is starting to hit at once.

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I don't believe you, Microsoft. All you care about is online-only multiplayer games like Titanfall so people are forced to buy a Gold Subscription to play. Everything Microsoft says and does is a scam.

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You can't blame Microsoft for that - that is a Respawn/EA game and the design decision on that was theirs, not Microsoft. And you forget that the PS4 will ALSO require a subscription in order to play online games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> u mean u aren't convinced by M$?

u are a cold cynic my good man.

i mean...i read this article and i got warm care bear feelings bro.

> wii u

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> wii u

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<< LINK REMOVED >> MS has brought so much innovation to the industry, their online experience is unmatched.

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I bet you need some sort of adapter for $24.99 or a Super Duper Pro Membership for this

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That's good. Thanks for letting me know, Microsoft.

Just today I was asking myself "is Microsoft really committed to provide offline single player experiences on the Xbox One?" Boy, I'm glad that's out of the way.

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After all the damage they caused they just want to touch up on the situation before release.

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