If you don’t have an internet connection and you plan on buying an Xbox One, than you’re out of luck. Microsoft’s upcoming next-gen console requires a mandatory day one update to be downloaded and installed for the system to function. In speaking with Engadget, Microsoft senior director of product management Albert Penello confirmed that the system won’t even be able to play retail copies of games.
“Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update,” he said. When asked if consumers can do anything at all with the system without the update Penello replied, “Nothing. You need the Day One update,” he said.
Penello concluded by stating most of the apps come with the update and that it isn’t an optional choice for consumers to make if they don’t want to download it.
“A lot of the apps come with the day one update because they wouldn’t have even been done,” Penello added. “You’re gonna need to take this update. It’s not gonna be really an optional thing’.”
Before Playstation fans start jumping in joy, Sony also confirmed that the PS4 will have a first day update as well. PLayers will need to download the 300mb update in order to add Blu-ray player functionality, Remote Play, second screen support, and gameplay sharing. But, the system will be able to play games without the update.
Penello also discussed the likely hood of backwards compatibility being made into a reality via cloud service earlier today,