Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Xbox One does NOT require Internet; local Philippine stores spreading false stories about Xbox One

I read online that (unfortunately) most people are still not aware about all the changes that MS implemented for the Xbox One since E3 2013. As we all know, E3 2013 was a disaster for Microsoft and it permanently tainted their reputation with a lot of gamers.

I do follow the news daily and I know that Microsoft has made amends. I think more people have to know that a lot of their policies were already changed, even before they actually released the Xbox One in the marketplace.

What irritates me a bit is how one of the local stores, Datablitz, seems to be promoting these false notions. I heard that their clerks would tell potential buyers that the Xbox One requires a patch every week, and, in native tagalog, they would say "yan ang sakit nung Xbox One"....which is a really stupid, incorrect thing to say. Do their sellers know the products that they are selling? Do they even want to sell them and make any money? Regardless of what platform they favor, it's a pretty stupid thing to say when you're trying to make a sale, when you spread false information.

At the very least they have to keep updated with what's going on in the console game business. I find it ridiculous that they're still spouting these falsehoods long after most of the more informed gamers have read about these facts on the Internet. All it takes is a simple google search.

Sadly, there would probably be a lot of players who don't follow the news on games daily and will be misled by what Datablitz store clerks would tell you. So in an effort to get the word out, I'm writing this blog post.

http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

- Xbox DRM is no longer true - you don't need an internet connection to use your Xbox One daily, but you DO need to connect it for the first time, when you first buy it. This is because it will download a patch that will make your console's firmware updated. You can't immediately play the Xbox One when you get home after buying it. You need that first download. After that, you can go offline and play your games offline if you like.

- You do NOT need to download a patch weekly on Xbox One. You only need it when you first unbox the system/bring it home. Firmware updates for Xbox One exist but the release timing is not periodic. Sometimes there's an update, sometimes there isn't. If you don't have an update, it doesn't matter; your games will still work offline.

- The Xbox One does NOT require you to be online all the time to play games on it. The Xbox One completely works OFFLINE (unless your game is Destiny, which requires Online and is not really Microsoft's fault but is the basic design of the game itself)

- You can buy/sell used games. Proof: my copy of Dead Rising 3, Ryse and Shadow of Mordor are all used games and they all work, online or offline.

 - Yes, the fact that you have to read this is Microsoft's fault. But what's done is done. At the very least, consider that they actually listened to feedback and overturned ALL of their horrible policies even before they released the system officially.

- Xbox One will work outside of supported regions - proof: I'm playing it.

- Xbox One DLCs work and can be downloaded outside of supported regions - proof: i bought the Dead Rising DLC which turns the game into a brightly colored arcade game.

So there. Spread the word and get your facts straight.