Microsoft Clarifies Xbox One’s Always Online and Used Game Things
Last week when Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, pretty much everyone did not like the thing. Two of the biggest pieces of news that got everyone pissed was the system’s required permanent internet connection and the fee for used games. Microsoft has since come out and said that both of these things are wrong. Or at least not entirely right.
According to Polygon’s sources, while the Xbox One won’t require a constant internet connection it will need to be connected to the internet for regular authenticity checks for games. From what I’ve heard around the internet, it sounds like these checks will happen every 24 hours or so. So once a day you will need to have your Xbox One connected to the internet. For special cases of people in internet-free zones, like active-duty soldiers, a code may be given that exempts that system from the online checks.
The purpose for these checks is to make sure the games you are playing are legal copies (I think). Every game disc will come with an encryption code built in that will authenticate itself on your Xbox One’s hard drive. That authenticated code is then verified every 24 hours. If you sell the game or lend it to a friend, then the code de-authenticates itself from your hard drive and authenticates on another. When you try to play the game on your console again, the code will re-authenticate. All of this will cost people nothing, which means used games are still a thing for the next console generation
While this is not as bad as we all initially thought it was going to be, it’s still not great. Being able to play used games on your Xbox One is great and all, but the constant internet checks are still idiotic. What if your internet goes out or your connection turns to shit? If you missed that days check then you will have to sit there and wait for it to come online to even use your console. A constant internet connection, be it intermittent or permanent, is not a good idea.