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Xbox One won’t play games out of the box



We’re just two weeks away from the official Xbox One launch, but Microsoft has confirmed that its next generation console won’t be able to play games out of the box.

In order to use your new games console for playing games, you’ll need to install a day one software update. Otherwise it will effectively remain a £429 door stop.

Whilst speaking with Engadget, Microsoft senior director of product management Albert Penello revealed that "functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update."

It’s not just gaming that will be off the cards without this sizeable update. "A lot of the apps come with the day one update because they wouldn't have even been done," explained Penello.

So why is the Xbox One effectively bricked on day one? It’s because all of the Xbox One consoles currently sat in warehouses and factories around the world are essentially operating on an old version of the console’s operating system.

That operating system, and the host of apps that will ship with it, are constantly being updated, and will continue to be updated right up until the Xbox One’s launch. There’s an inevitable disconnect here.

Indeed, the Xbox One’s main rival, the PS4, will also have a day one software update when it launches a week later on November 29 in order to be able to play BluRay discs and DVDs on it. However, the main point to note is that it will be functional as a games console without this update.

When it comes to the Xbox One, you’ll just have to hope that your broadband provider of choice hasn’t planned any maintenance work on the day of November 22.

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November 8, 2013, 8:47 pm

What if you don't have an internet connection?

Noel Grundy

November 8, 2013, 9:31 pm

Peter the day one update is to get rid of the always online functionality that was originally planned for the Xbox one. I guess if you don't have the internet you'd have to go to some where that does or don't buy an Xbox One.


November 9, 2013, 1:06 am

Then you are screwed.. Blame MS for their 'analality.' Of course, many will tell you to get an IC, even though some people can't. I feel for you. You should not need an update to play games on the Xbox1. I'm still pissed that the XB1 and PS4 no longer support component. I have 4 TV's. Only one supports HDMI. Many people still have DVI and component only TV.


November 9, 2013, 1:17 am


November 9, 2013, 1:30 am

It's not that I don't know they exists, it's about people without IC.
They do buy consoles too .


November 9, 2013, 1:31 am

I'm glad to see that it is actually possible to answer a question without beeing a dick :)


November 9, 2013, 1:31 am


November 9, 2013, 1:34 am

After all the hype about new consoles they would preordered it and now just realised that it might be unusable.

Did you just vote me down because I said what I think? Really?


November 9, 2013, 9:21 am

So there isn't huge posters in shops and on billboards advertising the release date or a TV campaign promoting the next gen console release or newspaper/magazine advertising, word of mouth even?

Here's the bombshell for you, accurate information is available outside of the internet!! :O


November 9, 2013, 11:18 am

That is the cost of all the flip-flops M$ have done on the planning and making of this machine. The "expert market environment scanning" they claim to do has, like with kin & windows 8 gone very very wrong.


November 18, 2013, 8:35 pm

If they were smart they would send a disc with it so we don't have to worry about internet issues....

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