What Can You Do With An Xbox One Out of the Box? “Nothing” Says Microsoft, Without a Day One Update
Written Friday, November 08, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Excited gamers who come home with a shiny new Xbox One will not be able to do anything with their console until they’ve download a day one patch, Microsoft has said.
Even if you’ve got a console and a retail disc, your Xbox One will be practically useless unless you can connect it to the internet.
That’s according to Microsoft's senior director of product management Albert Penello, who told Engadget that "Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update.”
When asked specifically what you’ll be able to do with an Xbox One straight out of the box, Panello replied, "Nothing. 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," continued Penello. "You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing."
Back in July it was revealed that Forza Motorsport 5 would require a day one patch in order to access all of the game’s content. However, this is the first time consumers have been alerted to the necessity of a day one patch to get the console to operate properly.
Such measures are thought to be a hangover from Xbox One’s previously “always-online” nature, a feature which was dramatically dumped by Microsoft following fan outrage.
Xbox One is out on November 22nd.