Next-gen Xbox will not have always on requirements for single-player games

The newly announced Xbox One will not require a constant Internet connection for single-player gaming as was previously rumored, Microsoft announced today

While an "Always On" function isn't a requirement, a connection is still necessary for streaming and accessing multiplayer through the new console.

"Gamers can calm down," said Microsoft's Don Mattrick during today's event, "we got you covered."

However, Xbox One will offer game developers the ability to use its Azure cloud computing service throughout development, according to Wired. This way developers can rely on the cloud as opposed to the Xbox One hardware when necessary. Doing so would indeed result in the need for an online connection.

Prior to Microsoft's official announcement of the next-generation Xbox, reports indicated that the console would be "always on" in order to support internet-enabled applications, like streaming video services, and defend against piracy. According to previous reports, whether a game will require an internet connection to function — either through a one-time authentication or constant connection — will be up to a game's publisher.

A reportedly leaked internal memo from Microsoft detailed a number of next-gen Xbox functions "that our users expect to work without an Internet connection" including playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live television and playing a single-player game.

More from Polygon

Hearthstone - Plague Quarter gameplay video

  • A guided video tour of an Unreal Tournament map

  • Freedom Planet gameplay video

  • Adventure Time trailer

  • Hearthstone: Naxxramas Overview

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.