The Xbox One will require a periodic internet check to authenticate games, sources within Microsoft have reportedly told Polygon.
It is also said that the console will not require a fee to play used games, as previously reported.
According to the site, Microsoft is still debating the issue internally. Executives are also reportedly discussing the confusion surrounding Xbox One’s relationship with the internet and used games.
An official FAQ on Microsft’s website claims that the Xbox One does not “have to be always connected, but does require a connection to the Internet.”
Microsoft’s Phil Harrison, talking to Kotaku, claimed that the upcoming system would require an internet check every 24 hours, although Microsoft later told Polygon that this was only one scenario among others being discussed.
Using an encryption code on the game disc, Xbox One will authenticate the game for use on that specific console. This code, which is stored on the hard drive, will be regularly checked via internet connection.
If the same disc is installed and authenticated on another system, the first install will be deactivated until the disc is used to re-authenticate it.
About the issue of used games, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, wrote on his blog: “The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games.
“Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future.”