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Xbox OneMicrosoft has confirmed that their rumoured ‘Always On’ connection will require the need to ‘check in’ at least once every 24 hours in order to play games. You can still listen to Music and watch TV, and Movies without an internet connection.

Microsoft have released a handful of posts on the Xbox Wire clearing up many of the things we’ve been getting up in arms about. One thing I wrote about earlier was their used games policy, another is the rumour about an always on internet connection. Various people had spoken up saying that it required an internet connection to be live at least once every 24 hours something that Microsoft has now confirmed.

With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.

Microsoft has also detailed why the Xbox One will be, if possible, always online:

  • A new generation of games with power from the cloud: Because every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection, developers can create massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you’re not playing.
  • Your Xbox One is always ready: Xbox One is designed to run in a low-powered, connected state. This means your system, games and apps are always current and ready to play—no more waiting for updates.
  • Stay connected to your friends: Never miss an opportunity to play games with your friends or to catch up with family on Skype. Use Skype in Snap mode to chat while you play games or watch TV.  Or enjoy group video Skype calls with people around the world, all from the comfort of your living room.

It all sounds pretty convenient and for someone like myself who has a pretty speedy Broadband connection – that’s always on anyway – I kind of like the sound of it all. I can however see the trouble some people may fall into. People who have electric meters that require topping up almost every day. We used to have one of those, it eats up money like Homer eats donuts, we actually had to start switching everything off at night other than the bare essentials in order to save money – that included out wireless router. It seems like the ‘always on’ requirement may cause some troubles for those who don’t have a persistent online connection, troubles that I hope Microsoft iron out.

It’s been said that users could use tethering on their smartphones to establish a quick connection and then sign off in order to play games, but tethering uses a lot of data even for only a few minutes. Don’t even get me started on mobile data charges..

Now Microsoft have kind-of cleared that up, what are your thoughts? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @n3rdabl3

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