Microsoft explains Xbox One’s internet connection requirements, confirms support for game reselling

Microsoft explains Xbox One’s internet connection requirements, confirms support for game reselling ...

Today Microsoft unleashed a wave of news relating to its coming Xbox One console, from its name to a slew of hardware specs and coming gaming titles. However, the hour-long event was more taste than meal, with many questions left unanswered.

Microsoft, likely realizing that it had left more than a few key details regarding the coming console. Two of those questions were met in a self-hosted question and answer session that the company posted: Will Xbox One require a persistent Internet connection, and will it allow gamers to resell their games after they have played them?

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The answers are no, and yes, happily. Microsoft had come under fire before for a rumor that its next console would only function with an Internet connection present. The notion was exceptionally unpopular among its fans and users. Now, to the answers:

Q: Will Xbox One allow players to trade in, purchase and play pre-owned games? 

A: We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.

Q: Does Xbox One require an “always on” Internet connection?

A: No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.

Microsoft also explained why the Xbox One will require a Kinect device, stating that the unit is “essential and integrated part of the platform.” Also, according to the company, by having a Kinect with every One, developers can better create experiences that are harmonious for all users.

The Xbox One had a good day. Much remains ahead of it, most critically the price of the device, but for now, Microsoft has laid a good framework for its console and living room business.

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