Xbox One Must Connect to Internet Every 24 Hours for Gaming

Microsoft has just confirmed what we’ve long suspected about the Xbox One: it will require that users connect to the Internet every 24 hours in order to play games.

If you don’t connect to the Xbox Live service at least once in 24 hours, you will not be able to play your games—even offline. The details were posted by Microsoft, which read as follows:

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.

While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.

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11 Comments on Xbox One Must Connect to Internet Every 24 Hours for Gaming


On June 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

What about the Nintendo Wii-U recall? First time in video game history a console recall has ever happened.


On June 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

@lol: relevance?

Nice Try

On June 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

@lol: Nice try, Adam Orth.


On June 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Sooo not really any technical reason for this then? Well bugger that for a game of soldiers.


On June 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

What if someone ends up in the hospital for a week or winds up in a coma?

Answer this?


On June 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

while i don’t see any problem for me personally to stay connected every 24h, i’m pretty irritated that i have to.
i’ve played on the xbox since 2001 but i’m actually thinking about switching. i mean the ps3 is giving deus ex and saints row 3 out for free the next weeks. having this awesome service and microsoft announcing sh#* like, you can give games to friends who have been in your friends list for at least 30 days or publishers decide the fee for your used games. come on microsoft, gears and halo and my sweet achievements can only hold me so long.


On June 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I live in Canada and our internet service is much more tightly constricted then many of the larger cities in the states [which are still substandard compared to European nations].

I live in a provincial capital and frequently loose connection to Xbox live and the entire net itself periodically [I have had problems with both of the major service providers dropping my connection for days at a time].

HOWEVER there was one thing I knew could help me pass the time when I didn’t have access to the net and television and that was of course my XBOX library and it’s wealth of games i could play offline.

With the announcement that my system effectively becomes a brick if I loose connection for a day at home [or worse an hour at a friend's house] has thus guaranteed my commitment to not purchase the Xbox One.


On June 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

So, yeah, the One will require a connection. Even if it isn’t a matter of always being connected, it might as well be if you have to connect at least once a day.


On June 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

well mass criticism and a drop in sales is what I see as the future of Microsoft Xbox One…..PlayStation 4 is going to take the top spot again only if they dont do the same thing to Playstation…
btw if there is no internet connection at that 24 hour moment and I am playing…what happens..does it pause or will it shut down??

Can they fail harder?

On June 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

Thanks Microsoft, just keep coming out with reasons to hate you. windows 8 and now this? you are just making it harder and harder for your fanboys to defend you.

Ive never been a fanboy. Liked PS2 about the same as original xbox, but i did like the 360 much more than the PS3. However being a soldier, there is no chance in hell i would buy this system. no reliable internet connection oftentimes overseas.

Been here since Atari

On June 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

This is ridiculous! I mean, yeah I can see where you would WANT that internet connection to play online and stuff, but some of us don’t have the financial resources to AFFORD a constant internet connection for it to hook up too! I personally know of some friends who have had nothing else BUT an xbox system and whatever used games they could afford on their meager wage, if they even have a job in this economy. They can’t afford to be buying Blu-Ray movies, or even cable TV. And internet? Please! I think they are more concerned about feeding their children or themselves and making sure their rent is paid!

Our economy is barely floating along despite what any lying politician will tell you, and now Microsoft wants to get all fancy and snooty. You know what? Bravo Microsoft, you have effectively killed a large percentage of your customer base.

Microsoft wants to believe that all of its consumers are on xbox LIVE and stuff, well have they never heard of the silent majority?! Good grief, even Nintendo 3DS wasn’t that stupid!

All this…it comes from a silent one, as in the silent majority. I don’t feel like I should HAVE to have my system connected to the internet to enjoy playing the games I BOUGHT with MY MONEY! And I will continue to enjoy that civil liberty thank you very much. Xbox One…your fired!!!!