Microsoft has addressed in more detail the controversy regarding the “Always On” Xbox:
- For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps). In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband.
- While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.
With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.
I suspect we’ll see a lot of outrage, but little impact on actual sales. Realistically, who is going to be offline for more than 24 hours. The Xbox One is first world device with first world problems, deal with it. Look, I know you want to continue playing with your Xbox when the Zombie Apocalypse hits, but I suspect you’ll have bigger problems at that point.
Source: Xbox Wire