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June 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Service members up in arms over Xbox One

Microsoft has taken quite a bit of flak already for requiring that users have ongoing Internet connectivity in order to use the upcoming Xbox One gaming console.

Now, another group has voiced its frustration with the requirement: Military service members.

For service members serving overseas, where Internet connection can be spotty or simply unavailable, the requirement basically means they can’t use the Xbox One, according to a report in Army Times headlined “New Xbox ‘a sin against all service members.'”

“Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military,” The Army Times quotes naval aviator Jay Johnson as saying.

Microsoft is requiring that all Xbox One consoles be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. (Though users can play games offline with it, they won’t be able to do so for more than 24 hours at a time.)

The reason for the requirement, Microsoft said, was to ensure that Xbox One works optimally, including verifying if system, app or game updates are needed, and seeing  if users have bought new games, or resold, traded or given away old ones (presumably to cut down on piracy).

For those who can’t meet the Internet connection requirement, Microsoft has suggested that they buy, instead, an Xbox 360 (which launched eight years ago)

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