In a move straight out of a DRM lobbyists wet-dream, Microsoft’s policy for the XBox One is officially 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.
So if your console hasn’t phoned home in the last 24 hours to verify that you have the right to play the video games that you’ve purchased with your own hard-earned money – guess what? You can’t play them – plain and simple. Because everyone loves always-online DRM and it worked so great for EA with SimCity recently.
As the 360 is my gaming platform of choice this gen (my ‘attach-rate’ is like 80 games or something), I was really psyched get a new XBox this year, but this is just the final straw for me – so that plan has now changed and been replaced with a new plan: I’m going to get a PS4, and Microsoft can get fucked.
Great job in dropping the ball and completely destroying your brand loyalty, Microsoft – you could have done something wonderful, but instead you offer us this. Sony and Nintendo corporate are going to be celebrating your failure for a long, long time.
You can read more here: http://www.destructoid.com/xbox-one-games-require-online-verification-every-24-hours-255542.phtml.