Microsoft has continued to reveal more detailed information about Xbox One since announcing how licensed and used games will work.
The latest reveal clarifies the previous vague statement: “It does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet.”
Even offline, users can still watch live television, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. However, in order to play games on the console, players must check-in online once every 24 hours or gameplay will be disabled. If a player is logged onto a friend’s console, the online check-in must happen once every hour to continue gaming.
Here are the network requirements directly from the official Xbox news site:
For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps). In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband.
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.
With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.