Xbox One Will Require 'Day One' Update

June 21, 2013 -

Speaking to Polygon, Microsoft has confirmed that the required Xbox One launch-day patch is not tied directly to offline functionality. Before consumers can start using the system they will have to download a "day one" update.

"A day one system update for Xbox One has always been planned to accommodate the differences between hardware and software manufacturing schedules. This update is not tied directly to enabling offline functionality of Xbox One, but is required for the system to function both online and offline," the spokesperson tells Polygon.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced a reversal of its previously announced policies regarding always-online connectivity and game licensing for Xbox One. With that change in policy, the console will not need to check in every 24 hours after an initial setup process, and users' ability to play secondhand games will stay the same as it is on Xbox 360. Microsoft removed the ability to play disc-based games without keeping the disc in the console, and to share a game library with up to 10 family members.

Source: Polygon



Re: Xbox One Will Require 'Day One' Update

Since I am going to be moving to an area where there is no highspeed internet access at all, it still means that I cannot use their console even if I wanted to.

Considering that same internet set-up is true for ~30% of Americans* (or about 100,000,000 potential buyers) that puts a big dent in their market right off the rip, not to mention all the developing nations that have a hard time getting internet access as well.


* This figure comes from multiple sources on the web, but the FCC's official stance is that only 6% of Americans (or ~21,000,000) don't have access.


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And this day one update will be available on disc or USB or something, right?  RIGHT?


Andrew Eisen

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This is part of the one time online setup process. So if you don't have an internet connection, you can get a 360.

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It's so broken, it needs to be fixed the moment you plug it in. <insert sarcastic clapping here>

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I detest Microsoft in general, and I hope the XBone dies on the vine, but I don't see anything really unusual in this. Day one patches have become pretty common with the spread of broadband. Granted, we see it more with software than with hardware, but it's the same principle: at some point, you have to freeze changes in your product in order to get it ready to ship. If the product is one you're going to support and develop on an ongoing basis, it's likely that there will be updates and fixes between the freeze and the time the consumer brings the product home--especially if you change some of your boneheaded design decisions late in the process.

Mind you, since it's Microsoft we're talking about, I'm assuming the day one update will be bungled at best, and quite possibly disastrous.

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Day one updates are nothing new, sure.  Even the Wii U had one.  The difference is, you can't play any games on the Xbox One until you connect it online and update it.

The Wii U can be brought home from the store, plugged into the wall and you can play games for as long as you like.  Hell, I didn't bother taking the thing online to do the update for the first month I had it.


Andrew Eisen

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That's a fair point. I presume it's because of the nature of the changes required by their backpedaling. You were never going to be able to use it without connecting it in the first place--one of the many boneheaded decisions I referred to.

Again, don't think I'm defending MS on this. The XBone is going to be broken at launch. It will continue to be broken after the update, too. Splinting the fractures won't fix the heart defect.

Re: Xbox One Will Require 'Day One' Update

Screwups in the update process are hardly unique to Microsoft. I mean, Sony just had to pull a PS3 update because it could keep the console from booting up depending on your hard drive.

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