The newly revealed Xbox One will need to connect to an internet source at least once a day, according to a report from Kotaku. Microsoft originally posted a statement about whether or not the Xbox One will require an “always-on” connection shortly after the event on their press site, but the response didn’t really make much sense: “No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet.” It easy to see why many would be confused by such an answer. Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo asked Microsoft Vice President Phil Harrison to clarify Microsoft’s very vague position on always-on connectivity: “There are many devices in your life that require the Internet to function,” said Harrison. “Xbox One is no different in that it requires, at some point in the beginning and at various times through its on state, to connect to our cloud and to our Internet.”
Kotaku then followed up by asking how long exactly could one go before having to check in with Xbox via the internet and was told by Harrison 24 hours. Meaning if you are playing a single player offline game such as The Elder Scrolls, you would need to connect to the internet at least once a day to continue playing that game. For those that live in areas where the internet is easily accessible this may not be a problem, but for those that do not have that luxury in some areas in the United States and around the world this could be a deal breaker.
All this being said, after Harrison shared this information, Microsoft did a bit of damage control saying he was only describing potential scenarios: “While Phil [Harrison] discussed many potential scenarios around games on Xbox One, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail,” a Microsoft rep said. “There have been reports of a specific time period — those were discussions of potential scenarios, but we have not confirmed any details today, nor will we be.”
So at the end of reveal day, there is still no completely straight answer to the always-on question. Most likely, what Harrison said is fairly accurate, but there might be information to it that the Xbox One people would like to share with everyone in the near future.