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Microsoft Mattrick: Gamers Too Worried About Xbox One's Online Requirement...

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Microsoft Mattrick: Gamers Too Worried About Xbox One's Online Requirement...

... Just Buy An Xbox 360 If You Don't Have Decent Internet

Microsoft's Don Mattrick believes that many gamers are overly concerned about the Xbox One's 24 hour check-in requirement, which won't change the way most of us currently play games.

However, if you have concerns or zero access to the internet, he also suggests that you should just buy an Xbox 360 instead. Erm.

"We appreciate the passion," Mattrick told GameTrailers. "It’s important that people share their ideas, but people are imagining outcomes that we believe are worse than what it’s going to be like in the real world.

“When we designed the box we paid attention to what it means to connect to the internet. The average internet connection is working the majority of the day. People are imagining that it isn’t, but I don’t feel that’s the world we live in.”

He's not wrong, to be honest. The vast majority of us already use our Xbox 360s while connected to the internet for most if not all of the time - and the check-in procedure automatically happens behind the scenes (there's no big red button to push every 24 hours to stop your Xbox One from exploding, don't worry).

But what if you don't have a stable connection, or live in a region where it's hard to come by on a regular basis? No worries, Mattrick argues, because you can always just buy an Xbox 360.

“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360,” he said.

“If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device.”

Oof. I'm not sure if his intention was to create two distinct classes of gamers here - the affluent Xbox One elite lording it over the barefooted peasant Xbox 360 owners scraping out a living in their internet-free hovels - but that's exactly what's happened. Classy.

Will Xbox One's online requirement put you off a purchase? Or is this just a storm in a teacup? Let us know after the break.

Add a comment6 comments
Tsung  Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:20

And if last generation isn't your thing, there is another product on the market that let you play games offline. It's a PS4. :P

davidpanik  Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:41

I've just thought of a bigger issue with this online check... forget what happens if YOUR internet connection goes down. What happens if Microsoft goes down?

What happens if there's an earthquake in the Atlantic, or hackers take the Microsoft server-farm down? Or if we get 10 years down the line and Microsoft decide it's time to sunset the Xbone and turn off the servers - is that your console essentially bricked?

chieftex  Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:00

The online requirement by itself is annoying, but wouldn't be quite enough by itself to deter me I think.

However, online requirement with the preowned issue, followed by the release price, no backwards compatibility, xbox live gold's monthly outlay and the general feeling you're paying for what they want you to have rather than what you want - together are enough to deter me.

DrTrouserPlank  Jun. 12, 2013 at 13:15

I've just thought of a bigger issue with this online check... forget what happens if YOUR internet connection goes down. What happens if Microsoft goes down?

What happens if there's an earthquake in the Atlantic, or hackers take the Microsoft server-farm down? Or if we get 10 years down the line and Microsoft decide it's time to sunset the Xbone and turn off the servers - is that your console essentially bricked?


If the MS authentication server goes down, your games will stop working when the 24h check in period is due for renewal.

When they turn the servers off in 10 years, you console will no longer play a single game that you have bought for it.

No need to be worried though eh.. I mean Mattrick said so himself right?

englishpunk  Jun. 12, 2013 at 13:17

I've just thought of a bigger issue with this online check... forget what happens if YOUR internet connection goes down. What happens if Microsoft goes down?

What happens if there's an earthquake in the Atlantic, or hackers take the Microsoft server-farm down? Or if we get 10 years down the line and Microsoft decide it's time to sunset the Xbone and turn off the servers - is that your console essentially bricked?


Well said, I mean it's not unheard of for the Live service to be down for extended periods of time.

I personally think they might relent before release and make it a longer check, say 7 days instead of 24 hours. I actually wonder if it's a PR stunt, and they'll show they're listening to their customers. Otherwise they've surely already been round this discussion internally.

As an example of why this seems like a bad idea, at least in europe :
*UK/France/Germany fixed broadband take-up, is 32 connections per 100 people. Take-up in these three markets is considerably higher than in Italy and Spain.
*The UK lies third among the EU5 for superfast broadband coverage, slightly behind Germany and Spain but ahead of Italy and France in this very new market. In June 2012 superfast coverage had reached 65% of UK premises.

http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2013/03/05/report-for-government-on-uk%E2%80%99s-broadband-progress/

Quietus  Jun. 12, 2013 at 13:52

I give it a week before an apology is issued for his flippant remark about getting a 360 instead.

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