Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will NOT require an internet connection, meaning the console will function offline. Users will also have the ability to trade-in and purchase pre-owned games, although the official stance on that is still a bit hazy to say the least.
In answer to whether the Xbox One requires an “Always On” internet question on it’s official Q&A Microsoft responded with:
“No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.“
In reference to used games, Microsoft answered with:
“We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.”
It’s still unclear what this means for used games but for now it looks like Microsoft are a taking a long hard look at how the Xbox One operates.
The internet is alight with rumors that Microsoft are set to withdraw the Xbox One console’s DRM policy.
Giant Bomb have surfaced sighting multiple sources within Microsoft confirming this information today.
This would mean the console would not have to connect every 24 hours meaning it will be playable offline and that all games would essentially work in a similar way that they do on the Xbox 360.
Microsoft received a huge backlash from gamers, following confirmation that their new console would block used games and require a connection to the internet every 24 hours.
While this news is yet to be confirmed, we’ll update this story when we hear more from Microsoft.