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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I see the Sony trolls are out in full force today.

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You don't have to be a troll of any type to see PR buzzing around. I would make fun of Sony or Nintendo or any other company in this situation.

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We've always been committed to providing offline, single player experiences on Xbox One. Except for that one time when "he who shall not be named" told people to buy a 360 if they wanted an offline, single player experience.

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Surfacenerd, is that you?

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So, what, did some people just think that Singleplayer games just wouldn't work on the Xbone?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> MS was stumping so hard for multiplayer, online social network, and cloud that single player games never were talked about at length.

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MS own "No Spin Zone"....

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Oh yeah Ryse just screams epic single player experience

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I won't be buying next gen console anytime soon; I'll wait out and see which console will give better SP experience (I'm not into paying for online, screw that).

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Buy an Ouya it has lots of singleplayer games and it's only $99.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> get a job then you can afford to use the system the way its meant to be used

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Original concept of X1 was online only! So don't bull*hit anyone with this crap MS.

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I'll believe it when i see it.

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oh yeah....

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Gonna take a couple of years till the Hardcore crowd doesn't see Microsoft as a bunch of rich buttheads

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says the company who throw out $$ to make COD DLC time exclusive ( probably try to make COD itself Xbox exclusive a couple of time ) while using COD as a system seller on one of their conference. Even made a deal with EA on a online only game ( titanFall) We all know how great those game are in Single Player.

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Although the Xbox One may have originally << LINK REMOVED >>, Microsoft says they’ve always been committed to providing high-quality offline experiences as well.


How exactly were they always committed?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Microsoft is as committed as an overpaid married athlete that's on the road surrounded by groupies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> At least after the reveal it wasn't a constant connection so that statement is partially false.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> By "always committed" they mean to an insane asylum.

And what's GameSpot doing about your avatar? Mine hasn't worked since the new site update.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Worked for first 2 weeks then disappeared. Can't upload a new one. Plus I keep getting emails every time someone makes a comment on an article...even though the email is turned off. They should demand their money back from whoever designed this atrocity.

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@Riddick123 @freedom01 yeah, its a hassle to keep on doing that every time we start a comment in an article, since if we forget, you will have a crazy amount of emails in your inbox

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@Riddick123 @freedom01 lol just click on that box that says "Follow" then click it again when it says "Unfollow", that would stop gamepot from sending you email whenever a new comment is posted, it will return the default, but you will have to do that on every article you comment, just once though.

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@Riddick123 @freedom01 when you first type in the comment on an article there's a tab that says follow, just click that and click it again, right where it says * People Listening, on that box there should be a tab that says follow, or just right above the text that says

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@Riddick123 @StHapns247 to turn off that email notification you have to click on the follow and then unfollow tab on the comment box

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This reminds me of EA saying they have no bias to Xbox One over PS4, but everything tangible says otherwise.

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Only if you have a Gold Membership

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