The Xbox One has come under fire after it emerged it might have to be always online to play games.
Microsoft explained on Thursday that while the console did not have to be online to play, it did need to connect at least once every 24 hours.
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.
But Microsoft argued that these policies allow individuals greater access to their games, even if players are not on their own console.
After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud. So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.
As the console is always on, it allows developers to create “massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you’re not playing”, Microsoft said.
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