If you don't have an internet connection and you've purchased, or plan on purchasing an Xbox One, you should schedule a trip to the nearest Star Bucks (or a friend's place) so you can use their Wi-Fi. Without it, you won't be able to do anything with the console.
In an interview with Engadget, Microsoft's senior director of product management Albert Penello said the Xbox One will not be able to play games without the day one patch.
"You need the day one update. A lot of the apps come with the day one update because they wouldn't have even been done. You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing."
Thankfully, the patch will allow users to play on the Xbox One without ever needing to connect to the internet. It's still quite an inconvenience however, for anyone who was just hoping to sidestep or post-pone the day-one updates so they could jump right in and start playing.
It's also a little troubling that such an update is mandatory right out of the gate. It begs the question, does this at all reflect the state of the console itself, which continues to be fine-tuned down to the wire. Up until the past few days, the lack of information surrounding the Xbox One's dashboard is another reason why one should wonder if Microsoft is trying to minimize problems it's potentially facing behind closed doors. Sony has openly showcased the PlayStation 4's dashboard for a while now, which appears to work smooth as butter. The 12-minute video released today by Microsoft is much appreciated, and takes an in-depth look at the dashboard, but why did it take this long to go public?
How buggy can the Xbox One be at this point? Why did Microsoft use a PS4 when they previewed Watch Dogs in August? Seems pointless to run the game on a PS4 unless something was terribly wrong on the Xbox One version. It's hard to believe that technical issues have been fixed since then when there's a huge push to establish this day-one update, and aside from taking down the Watch Dogs preview video, Microsoft hasn't actually explained why they used a PS4 to showcase the game a few months ago.
The PS4 also has its own 300 MB day one patch, which will include DVD and Blu-ray playback, alongside remote play functionality. It's a little strange these features aren't available from the get-go, but at least users who choose not to download the patch will still be able to play games.
The Xbox One launch is just around the corner now, and will hit shelves on November 22nd. Let's hope your internet connection doesn't bug out.
Here is the video released by Microsoft unveiling the Xbox One's dashboard.