Microsoft Spills the Beans on Xbox One

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Microsoft Spills the Beans on Xbox One

Microsoft has come out from the shadows and elaborated on features which many have been sweating over the past month. These features are the always-on rumor, the used games policy and the Kinect.

Many have wondered whether or not the always-on rumors were true. Although Microsoft confirmed you can play games and watch movies while not connected to the internet, there’s a catch.  As Microsoft stated earlier:

 “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.”

However, this may mean that your console will have to be connected to the internet at the start of your gaming session in order to play games or your console may have to be connected 24 hours after your console was last connected. If this is the case, there may be some concerns among hardcore fans that usually play single-player games offline. Microsoft also added later that “every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection”, which may be a bit presumptuous (Editor’s Note: a bit? Try EXTREMELY :)

 

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Hey Gamestop and Gamefly! I think Microsoft is about to f*&^ your day up. Big time.

 

Microsoft also clarified the used games mess, as nobody seems to understand how used games will work on the Xbox One. Microsoft clarified that used games will be in place, but that “Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers”. Microsoft will allow you to gift games to friends, similar to some games on Steam. Sadly, you can’t give friends games to borrow, meaning “renting games won’t be available at launch” as clarified by Microsoft.

 

Anyone will be able to play your games from your console. While at another house, you will be able to “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”. Along with this, 10 family member accounts will be able to play your games library on any Xbox One.

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“I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen. “…and you thought that 2001: A Space Odyssey was science fiction.

Microsoft, in relation to the Kinect, stated that “you are in control of what Kinect can see and hear” as they “prioritize privacy”. Users will be able to control when the Kinect is on, off or paused. While off, the Kinect will only listen for the command “Xbox On”, but this can be turned off as well. As on the Xbox 360, some games and apps will require Kinect to operate, but that’s nothing we already didn’t know. As fans had problems with privacy issues, Microsoft said that nobody will be able to access your personal data outside of your console. Microsoft also stated:

 

“You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.”

 

Microsoft also suggested that policies, terms, products and services may change to compensate modifications and improvements that will eventually occur in this “new generation of games and entertainment”. They have also said they will be listening to feedback in the coming months. However, I feel no more changes will be made for this system which is near release. Microsoft finished by saying “We are excited about this new generation of games and entertainment and look forward to sharing more news with our fans”.