Is there any way around Microsoft’s mandatory 24-hour “check in” on the Xbox One? Nope. Well, there is one. It just doesn’t involve buying an Xbox One.
Speaking with Destructoid, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer was asked what someone with no internet access would do if they wanted to buy an Xbox One.
“I mean the analogy, and I don’t know if it’s a great analogy… let’s say I live in an area that doesn’t have cell service. I wouldn’t go buy a cell phone. Now, I might roam in different areas where my mobile phone becomes active.”
“The 360 ecosystem is a great ecosystem for somebody that’s in a purely disconnected state for long periods of time. We have built a natively connected device with Xbox One and we think the experiences are moving in that direction.”
I wonder just how long it’s going to take hackers to break the “check in” requirement once the console is released in November.
Here’s why you’ll need to be online [Destructoid]
UPDATE: Here’s video of Microsoft’s Don Mattrick saying much the same thing to Spike’s Geoff Keighley, courtesy of lnsomniacGamers.