What do submarines have to do with consoles such as the Xbox One? Well, the executive was talking about Xbox One’s online requirement, which has the system checking in every 24 hours. If the system fails that check, then the console will no longer work with games.
“When I thought about who’s really the most impacted, there was a person that said he [serves] on a nuclear sub — I don’t even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub,” said Mattrick. “I’ve got to imagine it’s not easy to get an Internet connection.”
Now, I don’t have the resources of Microsoft, but I was able to contact a U.S. Navy sailor to actually find out what it’s like to live at sea for months at a time and what the Xbox One’s daily online check-in requirement will mean for his downtime. The serviceman asked to remain anonymous.
“Nothing should only be playable over the Internet,” the submariner told me. “We work all the time. Now, I work harder than most, but I check e-mail once a week and play games every few days. Mostly it’s Call of Duty or other shooters — which is hilarious to me — or sport games so that four people can play at once. But if you get lucky, you can play a campaign-based game. I like long open-world games that you can just do what you want. It’s relaxing, so if games require online, I would hate it.”
I told him about Mattrick’s comment and asked him if the consoles can connect to the Internet.
“Hell, no! Come on, man,” he told me. “We’re not on a cruise ship.”