Xbox One to require Day-One Pass

Microsoft have revealed that the Xbox One will not function as all without a day-one patch which means you will need an Internet connection right from the off.

Day One Patch Required For Xbox One

Those that have been following the development of the Xbox One from day one will be aware of the many policy changes and subsequent reversals the console has been through.

So it may be little surprise to them that Microsoft have since revealed that the Xbox One launch edition will require a day one patch to function at all. In fact, without a patch you will not even be able to play a video game!

This means that to get any use of the Xbox One after you purchase it at all you will need an Internet connection. Without an Internet connection to download the patch you are an effectively left with a pretty looking black plastic box.

Microsoft Confirm Xbox One Confirm Patch Requirement

Microsoft senior director of product management Albert Penello has been tasked with explaining the situation and he has been trying his best! When asked about the issue he replied, “Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update,”.


Asked about the Xbox One capabilities without the Day One patch he replied, “Nothing. You need the Day One update,”.

The official line from Microsoft is that “An initial, one-time system update is required for your Xbox One to function,”. While after so many policy changes that have affected the console, a day one pass was expected by pretty much everyone, not many may have predicted that their console itself would not function without a patch right from the off!

Are Microsoft Right In Forcing Patch ?

So are Microsoft right to force gamers to download and install a patch before they even get the chance to play their a newly purchased are gifted console? Welcome to the next generation – a nice big download, install and reboot right from the off!

Is might not be what gamers or in fact, Microsoft, were hoping, but it is obviously unavoidable and at least Microsoft have revealed the situation and informed the buyer.


In the meantime it is up to you to make sure you have a working and activated Internet connection to allow for the download or else you are going to end up disappointed when you receive your shiny new Xbox One

Published: Monday, November 11th, 2013 Last Modified: November 11, 2013

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