The Xbox One will require a connection to Microsoft’s verification servers at least every 24 hours despite what PR had said after the recent Xbox reveal event in Redmond. The newly published details explain the online requirements.
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.
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.
This matches some of the rumors and leaked specs that we had seen earlier. It also matches some of the comments that Microsoft executives had made during the press event before the PR folks rounded them up and shut off the information tap.
Microsoft also published a page about games licensing, but details are scarce. They do specify that “up to ten members of your family” will be able to share access to the games on your home console and any one family member can access the shared library from the cloud at a time. As far as reselling and sharing, they say both actions will be allowed, but there are some new rules.
Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.
Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
To many gamers, these details mean only one thing. Your move Sony.