So, a while back, there was a lot of confusion on whether or not the upcoming XBOX One was an always-on console, or if it could be played offline. Well, the answer is technically both. Microsoft is requiring games to check-in online once every 24 hours, or, if you’re lending a game to someone, once every hour. If the game takes advantage of the cloud-based system, however, it may require an Internet connection to play at any time (which kinda makes sense, since the cloud is essentially the Internet).
In any case, you’ll need a recommended 1.5 Mbps of Internet speed for the XBOX One to ensure smooth gameplay. Additionally, even though games require you to check in on the Internet every 24 hours, you’ll still be able to watch live TV and your Blu-Ray/DVD movies even if you haven’t checked in online.