US Navy publication blasts Xbox One

Independent US-based military magazine Navy Times has published a new report blasting the Xbox One and its various policies that the publication describes as problematic for those on active duty.

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The Xbox One will require users to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, something that Navy Lt Scott Metcalf believes will be a "showstopper" for those serving downrange, in the field or at sea.

A past report claimed that Microsoft was working on a solution for those in internet-free scenarios, though the company now says no such plan is in place.

In addition, the Xbox One will be supported in only 21 countries. Those stationed in major military regions like Germany, Italy or Great Britain will not have a problem. However, service members in Japan, Kuwait, Afghanistan or other areas are in a bind.

On top of this, since Xbox One games are region locked, service members who import games won't be able to play them on their local machines. And, as Navy Times pointed out, those who buy games locally will be out of luck, as Xbox Live accounts are tied to regions.

The publication also called out potential "serious" security concerns for the Xbox One, involving the system's Kinect camera and/or microphone recording conversations not meant to be heard outside of the military. Microsoft has said that the Xbox One does not record idle living room chatter.

"Microsoft has single-handedly alienated the entire military," naval aviator Jay Johnson wrote in a Gamasutra piece. "And not just the US military — the militaries of the entire world."

Johnson added that the Xbox One's internet requirement is "the single greatest sin Microsoft has committed against all service members".

Xbox executive Don Mattrick last week offered an alternative for those without an internet connection, such as military members and students.

"Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," Mattrick said. "If you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device."

Via GameSpot US

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TristramW posted a comment   

I want to play next gen games so ill be buying as PS4 thank you very much Microsoft, buy a 360 cause you don't have internet what arrogance, shows how out of touch MS is with consumers.


MitchellT posted a comment   

even the ps3 was region free. useless microsoft

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