Microsoft:24 Hour Offline Limit and Used Games Policy Details

Microsoft has finally explained their full policies on Xbox One's "Always Online" requirement, the used games speculation, transferring games to friends and Kinect function.

An article on IGN was released this afternoon with the information

"Always Online"

"Xbox One is designed to run in a low-powered, connected state. This means your system, games and apps are always current and ready to play, no more waiting for updates. While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection."

"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."

Microsoft also added "Because every Xbox one owner has a broadband connection, developers can create massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you're not playing."

So you can only play for a day offline or one hour when you're using your profile to play a game at your friend's house, but you can still watch TV and movies any time at any moment.

"Used Games and Lending"

Microsoft also revealed their policies on game lending, trade-ins and rentals.

"In our role as a game publisher, Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers. Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends."

"We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games."

Microsoft also states "Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games. Anyone can play your games on your console, regardless whether or not you're logged in or not. Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged with these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once."

Microsoft allows you to gift games to friends but they cannot borrow them. "Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners."

Finally, you can decide whether the new Kinect can see or hear everything, you can determine how responsive it is, so it can always be off or on, listen and see everything or not. However  "Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you'll need to turn it back on for these experiences."


Well did finally did killed this console for me and you have lost my support. Earlier today I said you had the chance to show you have the best intentions for gamers and well......

Pardon my language blew it you fucking blew it.

We can play games only for a set period of time, we can only GIVE games to our friends, we cannot let our friends BORROW games. We can only play our games for an HOUR on our friend's console unless we reconnect to our profile every hour.

You did it Microsoft, you have officially digged yourself into an early grave, E3 hasn't even come around the truth about what the Xbox One does and doesn't do is revealed. Don't complain to the media our your precious "partners" when your console does not sell once the console is available for public consumption, you did this to yourselves, you made these AWFUL choices and thought "People will like this."

I will not be looking forward to Microsoft's E3 conference, I will still watch it for the games....but that's all.

Goodbye Microsoft, it was fun while it lasted.

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