Users must access internet at least once in a 24-hour period to enable game content, says Phil Harrison

Daily internet connection required to play games on Xbox One

Xbox One users must connect to the internet at least one time a day to play games, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has said.

Speaking to Kotaku, the Microsoft EMEA corporate VP said admitted that while the new console would not require an ‘always-on’ connection, users would need to access the internet at least once in a 24-hour period to run a title.

He said however that should players lose their internet connection, they would still be able to play their games without disruption.

"For single-player games that don’t require connectivity to Xbox Live, you should be able to play those without interruption should your Internet connection go down," said Harrison.

"Blu-ray movies and other downloaded entertainment should be accessible when your Internet connection may be interrupted. But the device is fundamentally designed to be expanded and extended by the Internet as many devices are today."

When asked directly whether a connection would be required at specific intervals, he said "I believe it’s 24 hours".

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