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Even before the unveiling Microsoft's Xbox One, there were rumors that the console will require a Internet connection to run. Well, this is partially true, as the tech giant have announced that the new console will run in a low-powered, connected state. Meaning, the system, games and apps will be running and ready to play. There won't be any requirement for running updates, as changes will occur in Real-time. Even though the Xbox One does allow you to play games offline, this will only be for 24 hours, after this you will have to reconnect to the Internet. However, you will still be able to watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies in offline mode.
Microsoft said in a post "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".
"Because every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection, developers can create massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you're not playing" post added
Microsoft has said that broadband connection of 1.5Mbps, is recommended for optimal experience.
Xbox One is equipped with a gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11n wireless for providing seamless connection. It also comes with Wi-Fi Direct, for interacting with wireless devices such as smartphone or tablet and to connect to them through the cloud.
Xbox One can take gaming experience to whole new level, as it can allow developers to create massive, persistent worlds that can evolve even when users are not playing. However, this might prove be too expensive for some people. Let's face it 1.5 Mbps connections don't come cheap do they? Not to mention how expensive certain game titles can prove to be.