Microsoft Responds: Xbox One's DRM, Always-Online, and Focus on TV/Games - Adam Sessler Interview

Before we left the Xbox campus at Microsoft, Adam Sessler got a chance to chat with Matt Booty, the General Manager of Redmond Games Studios to discuss the Xbox One -- and the public's reaction to it. Hear what he has to say about the DRM and used games situation, how the console connects to the internet, and why we didn't see a ton of games today.

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Donnieboi4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

Okay confirmed. It's a DRM/Always Online console. Watch from 4:19 and watch.

He says only "some" game modes "might" be able to be played offline. It is heavily dependent on online. Don't get mad at me, watch the video.

cl19834069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

Its up to each game developer to decide how much online the console is for their games, ie bungie destiny is pushing for constant connection, similar to wow. http://www.polygon.com/2013...

Donnieboi4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

That's not what he said in the video, though. He makes it seem as if offline play will be a rare thing. As if it will be a mode called "offline", they way that we have to have a specialized "multiplayer" mode now. He makes it seem as if it would have to be implemented somehow just so that one can play without needing the internet to check up on you every once in a while.

EDIT: @cl1983: I don't know what else to tell u bro. The guy in the video confirmed it. LOT's of things have been going arounf the internet, many of which were actually STARTED by microsoft themselves. There's so much confusion because of their flip-flopping. But if the guy in the video says it's always-online--then dude, why would he tell such a self-damning lie? MS benefitted from lying and saying it wasn't a DRM console, but NOW I believe this video more because admitting to having a DRM console is not the kind of thing that microsoft would make up just to garner more support. If anything, more people will hate the system. So, if he said it, even though it was not in his favor to say so, then I gotta believe that it's just a painful truth that MS had to finally admit despite the fact that it's unpleasant news.

cl19834069d ago

@Donnie it was said in some of the interviews with others http://www.polygon.com/2013... "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."

Snookies124069d ago

@cl1983 - "Gamers can calm down, we got you covered."

If that were the case, they would have focused more on gaming at their event. :\

I still await E3 for a final decision on the console, but things are not looking that great for MS right now.

LackTrue4K4069d ago

what is all this mambo jumbo with Microsoft?!


there just full of it...in my eyes, it is what it is.

Hydrolex4069d ago

Hey Microsoft, goodluck !

People who have tried forcing people to do what they want have always failed if you look at the history... you want to force people to be online all times ? Well we will see your sale numbers

Thanks god there is SONY !

theBAWSE4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

Wow..... So it's true no game lending... It needs to be online and that is microsofts way of checking game licenses incase gamers try to get around the no game lending by thinking just play it offline... No game can be played offline until it's been checked online first... The whole landscape has just become that much clearer

Privacy issues... Kinect is always listening

Who the hell would buy this..

thechosenone4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

Even when you have a rep from MS saying that you need a persistent internet connection to be able to play your games some people *cough*cl1983*cough* still can't accept it. Amazing.

Cupid_Viper_34069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

The sheer amount of Sh1t that they got wrong with this console is simply unbelievable.

It's as if when they were researching for the console, the board sat down with a "HOW-DO-WE-FCUK-UP" list and sratch them off one by one. And then the director of the board got pissed as they simply could not come up with enough Fcuk ups. So they went out and scouted the world for people with Doctorates in Fuckupeneering and hired the very best.

Here's a list of things that are just mind boggling.

1. It requires an internet connection
2. No used games
3. Controllers still require batteries, in 2013
4. It does not support ANY current Gen Gaming Headphones.....
5. Kinect is required at all times
5. Knect is always listening and awaiting commands
6. Microsot got in trouble for spying on Skype users http://www.globalpost.com/d...
7. TV, TV, TV, TV, Sports, Sports, TV, Television, Call of Duty....TV TV...Dog. Fish move out the way...

longcat4069d ago

rage all you want but keep the dog out of this

Freak of Nature4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

Hey XBONE.... Do you or don't you, have to be online....?

XBONE response:.....
In the absence of any internet connection, you're going to be able to play blu-ray movies, and there are... **"likely"**... to be ...**"some games modes"**... that you'll be able to continue to play. But again, the XBox One was really designed to take advantage of the modern era where people have got high speed internet...

Key words... **"likely"**... to be ...**"some games modes"**...

A original and 360 owner here aswell as PS1,PS2 and PS3 owner here, so as neutral as they come...But thus far, a total clusterfu*K of a start for Xbox 1........

andibandit4069d ago


"That's not what he said in the video, though. He makes it seem as if offline play will be a rare thing. "

Im pretty sure it's because they are pushing their Cloud services as much as they can. Apparently the Xbox1 cant draw 2 polygons without having to send the calculations into the cloud.

Why o why4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

That guy demonstrating the voice features seems like he had a device in his left pocket. The timing of his hand in his pocket was way too suspicious. Is this just more smoke and mirrors. Smh

"Transformers, cable boxes in disguise"

GribbleGrunger4069d ago

'Gaming is included'

Gee ... thanks.

gaffyh4069d ago

MS is like a charging bull right now, not listening to their fans at all, and if they continue on this path, I hope they charge right off a cliff. I never thought I would be saying it, but the WiiU looks incredibly good right now. Iwata and Kaz must be laughing their asses off.

loulou4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

i know this is n4g, where reality is warped and twisted. but do you lot honestly think that microsoft have took the decision unilaterally??? if you do, then you are stupid. and no amount of disagrees will change the outcome.

is it not obvious now why nintendo is seeing no 3rd party supoort?

and just say that sony does decide against this. what then, are they going to risk the wrath of all the major publishers?? who have undoubtably lobbied hard for this.

think about it.

sony also complicit as to what is going to happen next gen. what did sony say "they will leave it upto the publisher/dev.. there's your answer right there folks. publishers have got what they wanted... e3 will be telling

i posted this yesterday

Freedomland4068d ago


"SUPOORT" Yes, I know what you mean here.


Adam Sessler... What a tool! The guy should just had plainly asked: "if you don't have a connection at all, if there's no internet where you live, can you still play games on Xbox One?" That alone could answer the always connected concerns much better than this whole phylosophical bullcrap about what is always online or how often online and how much offiline can you really go...

Look at this whole comment session, people simply still don't know how it's going to work, which means the journalist's mission to inform us had failed. But that's gaming journalism today, they love to answer questions with another question, or answer in a way to give raise to even more questions, nothing is definitive, gotta keep gamer fellas clicking on my site so ad revenue stays high.

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Conan-O-Brady4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

"In the absence of an internet connection you'll be able to play blu-ray movies and they're likely gonna be some game modes you can continue to play."
What does he mean by that last bit? Either you can or can't play offline....why is it never black and white? Always a fuzzy gray answer....Thank god Adam was able to get him to answer all of our questions....lol

Donnieboi4069d ago

^ This. Now let's all stop making up excuses. it is a confirmed always-on console, that has to go out of it's way just to allow us to "enjoy" a few brief moments offline, until we need to do another mandatory online certification check just to keep playing. Sounds like gaming-prison.

xPhearR3dx4069d ago

Well, to be honest, if you're purchasing an Xbox you're planning on being always online anyway. You bet your ass if I'm paying $60 a year I'm going to use to the fullest. I don't know many gamers this gen who bought a 360 for offline use.

Objective4069d ago

Seems to me like you and your ilk are deliberately construing what is said in clear terms to be somehow still unclear. Or it could be plain inability to comprehend. Or a pre-pubescent disposition at trying to be clever or difficult.

He has said the Xbox One is designed to take advantage of the modern technologies that internet has to offer but there will still be games modes you can continue to play without internet connection. That pretty much means it is up to the game developers how they wish their games to be played - if they want game modes that do not require internet connection, it can be done.

Exactly what your PS4 will likely be doing.

RM-TatoTiburon4069d ago

"In the absence of an internet connection you'll be able to play blu-ray movies and they're likely gonna be some game modes you can continue to play....OFFLINE"

Those modes likely will be the campaign mode that you can play it offline

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dedicatedtogamers4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

EDIT added links

Something I saw in the news:

Microsoft got in trouble for spying on Skype conversations (MS owns Skype).

Am...I the only one who is disturbed to the core by that? Xbox One has Skype built in. Kinect 2.0 is "always listening" according to MS so that you can turn it on remotely with voice command.


Donnieboi4069d ago

Yeah it was creepy how he said it's always waiting for u to make a command into it. Just freaky.

Count4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

What's funny is that you think MS is the only one.