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Xbox One gamers unable to connect their console to a broadband connection can carry out the 24 hour check-in using a mobile phone, Microsoft corporate vice-president Phil Harrison has told The Telegraph.

"We do recognise there will be these very rare edge cases where for whatever reason your internet is down," said Harrison. "In my experience internet downtime lasts for seconds or minutes. In those few occasions you don't have access to your usual broadband connection, you could tether your Xbox to your mobile phone. The 24-hour ping takes kilobytes of data."

Whilst Harrison suggests the mobile connection as a back-up to your regular broadband, there doesn't appear to be any reason why this couldn't be used permanently - kilobytes of data per check-in means the Xbox One won't eat into your data allowance.

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Does mobile check-in ease some of your concerns about the console, or is the strict DRM in relation to game sharing and trading still a major sticking point?

Source: The Telegraph

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Batmamerc@ CheekyLee

"Friends don't let friends buy Xbox One" I like that needs to be a campaign slogan lol get some banners made, but I've already failed a friend, today a friend of mine posted on Facebook "Xbox One pre ordered... Decision made, quantum break sold it to me" I don't know how a game we haven't even seen or really know much about got him to that decision but he's as much as a gamer as me and follows all the news like me so knows about this ridiculous Microsoft nonsense. It Got me thinking though, what do I do now? as I'm the only one that won't have one as another of my mates pre ordered after the initial reveal too, I know I won't get one on launch for 2 reasons 1 because Microsoft are A Holes for doing this and there bullying attitude about it all so thats gonna be a protest we all should do and 2 I'm not paying £80 more than there closest rival when I'm not really getting anything different and prob won't for the first year, so ill wait for a price cut and hopefully they may rethink there decision if there sales take a hit (which i doubt) because of it
Posted 19:52 on 13 June 2013
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ogima

I do not at all like this new check-in once a day. Seriously, what is this really about? I've used Xbox for about a decade and seriously reconsidering changing to PS4! I don't even have that LIVE pay-by-the-month because I can't afford it right now but I still play my Xbox regularly.....not pleased at all here!
Posted 13:19 on 13 June 2013
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Masfima

Hai guiz, its not gonna be the end of the world )
Posted 05:50 on 13 June 2013
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s_h_a_d_o

I hope Microsoft don't tire themselves out with all this back-pedalling.
Posted 21:00 on 12 June 2013
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CheekyLee@ Deadpunk

In that case, I apologise for appearing to jump on you.
Posted 20:50 on 12 June 2013
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Deadpunk@ CheekyLee

The piece of advice I was referring to was using a phone as an alternative to a broadband connection for sending a small amount of data, which is perfectly valid taken on its own. I absolutely agree that the need to do so is ridiculous and offends people, that was the main gist of my comment.
Posted 20:20 on 12 June 2013
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CheekyLee@ Batmamerc

I spoke to a friend today who plays games, but isn't as religious as us guys when it comes to following all the news. The MS E3 conference was the first he had seen of the Xbox One, and he couldn't understand why I had seemingly suddenly switched my allegiances, nailing my colours to the PS4 mast the way I have done on Facebook. So, he did some reading, and the following is a DIRECT QUOTE:

Quote:
They ... they can't do that! They've got to change it. Nobody is going to agree to that.

There's your average gamers take on it.

What MS are attempting to do here is unacceptable. Don't stand for it. Don't let people you know stand for it. Friends don't let friends buy Xbox One.
Posted 20:10 on 12 June 2013
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Batmamerc

Can i just show you exhibit A http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm the Xbones main target audience is North America where only 11% of the population have Internet access I'm gonna be generous at guessing that less than half of that are gamers so there only going to get 6% - 7% of there target audience where as PS4 can now get the full lets say 50% of the gaming population make of that what you will. Also the only people that have commented on this situation are the ones that are connected to the Internet I would love to know what the population that either has heard about this through mates or the ones that have no idea about it think about it, potentially 89% of North America is pissed off with this but where only seeing 11% of it so Microsoft think there doing ok, hopefully they all send a harsh letter to Microsoft and even more so I hope they all know this before Christmas when all the unconnected go and buy one.
Posted 19:50 on 12 June 2013
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CheekyLee@ Deadpunk

Quote:
this piece of advice, which is perfectly valid in and of itself
You were doing so well, too. It absolutely is NOT valid. I should not have to prove daily that I didn't steal the game I bought.
Posted 19:35 on 12 June 2013
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Deadpunk

I've been trying to analyse why I and so many other people have had such an instinctive negative reaction to Microsoft's policies surrounding the Xbox One and I think that this has finally crystallized it for me. The majority of people won't be affected by the 24 hour check-in. If implemented correctly then the majority of people would never notice the check-in. But it feels intrusive and completely arbitrary. It's a restriction that most people would never meet but it's a restriction that serves no purpose for the person using the console, and could only ever affect them negatively, even if it never actually does.

That's why this piece of advice, which is perfectly valid in and of itself, comes across as Microsoft clutching at straws. They have no value proposition to offer consumers - they cannot provide a compelling argument for why this restriction exists - so telling people that it's easy to perform the check-in doesn't help.

At least with the DRM issue the motive is clearly profit. Maybe not Microsoft's immediate profit, but the profit they derive from an improved relationship with publishers. To me, their DRM/Used policy is a massive negative but at least I can understand it. The check-in just feels like arrogance.

**Speculation Warning**
I'm sure that the motive here is also profit, MS fill the Xbox UI with ads and having up-to-date usage data is a great way to sell that advertising.
Posted 19:23 on 12 June 2013
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FantasyMeister

I just see it as one extra hurdle to gaming. Currently I have to worry about my hardware working, my ISP behaving and Live not fooling around. XBox One would mean I can add Microsoft's authentication hurdle to the list, and that's the worst one of all, if it's playing up I can't even play offline.

I'm not fussed about the DRM issue in the least, I'm fussed about this extra hurdle.
Posted 19:15 on 12 June 2013
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infinite

Last time my internet went down it took 2 days to jump through ISP hoops to prove it was a fault not on my system/router/micro filters and then another 3 days for an engineer to come out and fix the fault at the Exchange (after I told him that was more than likely the place to look)... in back and beyond UK...

As for using a 3G mobile phone to go on the internet, my mobile is PAYG and used for emergency calls only...

M$ you are a bunch of pig headed fools with what you are trying to do with the xbox one... good luck with having the worst sales in history for any console ever...
Posted 18:22 on 12 June 2013
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Endless

I kinda figured you'd be able to do this anyway.

Doesnt cost me any extra to use a bit of data on my phone plan so it's quite an acceptable alternative. But not everyone has a data plan or the means to tether their device at no additional cost.

Though having said that anyone completely without a broadband home connection, likely has some form of mobile device and data plan that fits this scenario perfectly. So at least that puts the people without broadband in a better position should they want an Xbox One.
Posted 18:06 on 12 June 2013
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Batmamerc

But also can I add F U Microsoft, that is all.
Posted 17:47 on 12 June 2013
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Batmamerc

Amazingly when I moved house last year I had no Internet for 3 months but I was able to use my iPhone with personal hotspot on 3G, it was capable of been able to watch netflix in HD (most of the time) and I even managed a few games of CoD so this option is there for ppl that don't have the Internet at home and if you have a 4G device maybe you won't need to get Internet at all, obviously it all depends on your data usage limit if you have one and how much data is actually been used so check that before you go doing this obviously.
Posted 17:46 on 12 June 2013