Xbox One Frequently Asked Questions

Xbox One questions? We've got answers!

Let's start out with the great news that you will be able to play games on Xbox One without any sort of online check-in requirement. Plus, you can play offline indefinitely. You will have to connect to Xbox Network once, to download a patch that will remove the previous DRM policy, but after that, you'll never be forced to connect again. Of course, you'll probably want to connect, considering that all the coolest features require Xbox Network, but at least they aren't forcing you anymore.

While it is not a feature hardwired into the system that forces you to be online to play games, game developers will have the option to create online-only games if they choose (Titanfall, Destiny, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare are just some of them so far).

Will Xbox One Play Blu-Ray Movies?

Yep! You need to download an app for this feature, though.

Does the Xbox One Block Used Games?

No. Xbox One games will work just like games have always worked. You'll be able to loan the game discs to friends, sell them, trade them to retailers, rent them, and everything else we've come to expect with physical media.

Is Xbox One Region Free?

Xbox One is region free, meaning games from any region will work on any Xbox One console. Now you can import all of those crazy Japanese games you've had your eye on. 

Will My Xbox Network Account Transfer to Xbox One?

Yes. Your Xbox Network account, along with your current Xbox Live Gold subscription, will carry over to Xbox One. It will be the same account. 

You no longer need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access party chats and online features for free-to-play games.

What About Gamerscore and Achievements, Will They Transfer Too?

Yes. Your Gamerscore and all of the Achievements will carry over toe Xbox One.

Will Xbox One Be Backward Compatible With Xbox 360 Games?

A long time ago the answer to this question was no, but in November 2015 Xbox 360 backward compatibility was added to the Xbox One. If you own physical or digital copies of any of the games on this list, you can play them for free on Xbox One. Compatible digital games you own will automatically be added to your "Ready to Install" list on Xbox One, and compatible disc-based games will install when you insert the disc into your XONE (you'll still need the disc to play them, however). 

Will Xbox 360 Accessories Work on Xbox One?

Unfortunately, no. Since the Xbox One is not backward compatible with Xbox 360, it kind of makes sense (even if it sucks) that you won't be able to use X360 accessories. Xbox One games will be designed around using the new Xbox One controller that offers special features that the X360 controllers aren't capable of, so you likely wouldn't want to use the old controllers anyway. It is definitely a bummer that you'll have to buy new fight sticks or steering wheel accessories for Xbox One, but that is sort of the nature of how the game industry works.

There is one exception and that is that, by using a special adapter, you can use X360 Rock Band and Guitar Hero instruments in Rock Band 4.

Does The Xbox One Console Come With A Headset?

Yes. Every Xbox One system will come with a headset so you can talk with people online in multiplayer or party chat.

Will the New Kinect Come With Every Xbox One?

Originally, yes, but in the first half of 2014 Microsoft decided to offer the option of systems without Kinect. You can still buy Kinect if you want, and there are a few compelling reasons you may want one.

Is Kinect Required to Be Plugged In?

If you don't want to use the new Kinect, it is not required to be connected to the console at all. It will also have a host of privacy options so you'll always be in control over what it sees or hears as well as what (if any) data it collects when it is plugged in. Many of the best features of Xbox One are built around using Kinect, though, so we think you'll want to use it. It is nice that the option to not use it at all is there, though.

How Much Will Xbox One Cost?

Currently, systems and bundles range from $299 up to $500. There are lots of different bundles and hard drive sizes available, so pick the one that works best for you. 

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