Want to play Xbox One offline?

Xbox One truth

Are you annoyed that the Xbox One needs to “phone home” every 24 hours in order to play games you spent your hard-earned money on?

Well you’re in luck – Microsoft’s Xbox executive Don Mattrick has a solution for you to play games offline:

Yup, that’s right, if you want an offline Xbox, get an Xbox 360 – easy as that!

Microsoft has faced an onslaught of criticism from the Internet-police since the reveal of the company’s next-gen console and its “draconian” DRM structure.

Aside from having to check in with Microsoft every 24 hours (and not being able to function as a gaming console until such time as you do), the machine also imposes restrictions on sharing and trading games.

Microsoft has largely down-played the issue, seemingly oblivious to regions where Internet connectivity isn’t freely available and/or affordable.

Taking its cue from the backlash, and presumably the campaign calling for a DRM-free PlayStation 4, Sony undercut Microsoft at the E3 conference by announcing that their next-gen offering would be functional offline and would be $100 cheaper.

Both Sony and Microsoft are planning a staggered launch for their consoles, so South African gamers might only get their hands on next-gen gaming in 2014.

See the full GT interview below.

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  • Draco Lusus

    All I can say is suck a dick Microsoft

  • Public Relations and Public Perception of Public Relations… That is all.

  • Diren Moodley

    Leaning towards to PS4 right now

  • Micro$oft screwing the pooch with the Xbone


  • Same here. I’m a big Xbox fan, but this “just deal with it” attitude of Microsoft is getting to me.

  • fred

    Just throw us a freaking bone here MS , and not a Xbone

  • hairyback

    oh boy.

  • Diren Moodley

    Really disappointed in Microsoft.

  • NicoR

    Did this arse actually just say that? Microsoft is going to crash and burn outside of the US.

  • Stan Smith

    Very misleading title ๐Ÿ˜› . This online authentication makes no sense whatsoever, it just limits your market ( ironically what they tried to do with the xbone is to broaden the market ) . Is it supposed to limit game piracy? People will just find a way to jailbreak it…

  • This is almost exactly the same sentiments Sony had with the PS3. They said the high price was justified because “people who want it will work a second job, because they deserve such a console.” The more Mattrick opens his mouth, the deeper the hole they’re digging themselves into gets.

  • Jaid Orfali

    hehehehe, we were disappointed on January 30, 2007. You’re late my man ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jaid Orfali

    Mmmmm so Nintendo is out… and now MS too. that leaves PS4 and PC… yay <3 less things to buy ๐Ÿ˜€

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