This is how Microsoft can resolve most Xbox One issues

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The Xbox One has been received dismally by the media and gamers alike because of its draconian phone home system and inability to trade titles. But we’ve put our considerable intelligence together here at Lazygamer HQ and have come up with the solution.

First let us put aside our anger about the forced connection and look at the good. A library of games stored on the cloud against our profiles means we can’t lose anything. The games can’t be stolen and we can play all our games on anyone’s console. That’s awesome no matter how you look at it.

And it’s because of this awesome feature that Microsoft has felt the need to force the console to phone home every 24 hours on your main console and every hour if you are accessing your library from a remote console.

The logic is quite obvious, they don’t want you signing in at all your friends houses with your profile and having 100 people playing one game for free. But the kicker here is that if you don’t phone home on your primary console it will stop you playing games. Which is a ridiculous notion.

And here’s how you can fix it


Yes an offline mode switch. So you know you are going to be going offline then simply go into settings. Click offline mode and the console will notify the cloud that your Xbox is going offline. This will disable your online library and any games currently being played by you remotely will be deactivated.

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Now you can play to your hearts content offline until you once again have an Internet connection.

“Ah but what about the actual disc” I hear you say, you could then give it to your friend to install and play. Well I expect the Xbox One licensing to work exactly like Microsoft Office or Windows. Where the game arrives with a code. Once this code is redeemed the disc is practically useless as the game is tied to your account.

And as for unexpected Internet outages, well you could also put your account into offline mode via a web page (from an Internet cafe or something) or you can call Xbox Support and do it that way.

So we’re done you can now play all your games offline and when Microsoft finally shuts down the authentication services, you know it will happen. Then you can continue playing your games in offline mode.

Next up the used game sales, lending and trading issue,

This one is even simpler but Microsoft are bowing to publisher pressure here.


For trading you simply go into the Library and transfer the licence to someone else’s profile. For lending you do the same but the game still belongs to you and you can recall it at anytime.

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For selling you simply go in a revoke your licence. This reactivates the code that came with the game and any used game store can validate that it has been revoked by adding it to their company Library. When they sell the game they will follow the same process and revoke the licence from them allowing the buyer to use the game.

So now we have a next gen console that can be played offline, enable living worlds, sharing and trading of games and still have our awesome cloud library.

If they announced these options at E3 I’d very quickly change my mind about the Xbox One and the console war would be back on… or if Sony announced a similar plan I’d be riding that blue wave into gaming nirvana.

Last Updated: June 10, 2013

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • DarthofZA

    You have just described a gaming utopia… pity it is simply too good to be true.

  • Trevor Davies

    Simple solutions that benefit the customer.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      True… Sad… But true

  • FoxHound R – Xbox One Day One

    All Microsoft needs to do is – Timed-Exclusivity for Call of Duty, New Halo, New Gears of War.


    • BOB

      mmmmmmm………microsoft employee you are!

      • FoxHound R – Xbox One Day One

        Stop following me Bob.

    • Uberutang

      Do not play. tempting but no. Worn thin. Next?

    • neilhza

      Awesome games, none of which work offline for more than 24 hours. You just checked your own king.

  • HvR

    Could luck explaining that to M$, below is a video of a Spanish gamer trying to reason with a MS executive.

    • OVG


    • That Tall Twit


  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    This is what I can not understand. Why could the major figureheads who make these choices not have thought of options like this?

    There are solutions but they are just too lazy to implement them.

  • OVG

    SOLD… Only if they release a CORE SKU for R1999. No Kinect 2, No internet port, memory card and controller. SORTED

    • OVG

      And Bioshock 4… It will be like 2007 all over again. The best year in gaming EVER!!!

  • Tbone187

    Sorry, while these are great suggestions, it’s all too much of an effort to simply play a game…I can sense a lot of frustration and irritation along the way…Next Gen is gonna be a pain to deal with indeed…Games are games and trying to sell them as you would a business critical application suit is just not on…

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      I agree, seems like way too much effort man ………

    • OVG

      Wait until the soccer moms sue their asses for not having “Internet required” on the front of the box. The retailers on in for a rough ride with the clueless casuals and the shit load of returned Cable Box Rent our game machine’s.

      Welcome to the next gen, it says on the E3 building. Why am I not excited, why does that make me shudder?

      They can stick the Net Gen up their greedy bums.

  • Lardus

    The “go offline” option would be awesome. That, and being able to turn off the Kinect. I am not fond of the idea of Kinect always watching me as my Xbox is in my bedroom…

    • Andreavich

      Well, I am pretty sure that in some obscure, Japanese apartment building, on the fourth floor, greeted with the smell of rice and some uncooked sea creature is a human being that thinks an always on Kinect in your bedroom is entertaining, why not capitalize on this fact and start your own Kinect based reality show?

      If a couple of loud oranges living on the coastline in The US of A have risen to popularity due to a camera documenting their life, i am sure we can to?

      The ultimate social study. We are going to be billionaires, how do i phone Microsoft…..?

    • Nick de Bruyne

      As they said in their policy reveal the other day, the Kinect can pretty much be completely deactivated – and can do things like have literally no function except listening to the words “xbox on / xbox off”.

      • Lardus

        I’ll still cover it up…just in case 🙂

  • TiMsTeR1033

    They will make an offline modchip before you know it…..

  • Hammersteyn

    Sony is too quiet, way too quiet for my liking. No more hiding come tomorrow.

    • Sageville

      I must say, i’m nipping for the PS4 DRM / No-DRM announcement.

      I have a feeling they may go a similar route to Xbone, with the attitude that MS got most of the bad press around that and seeing as PS4’s only real competitor has already commited to that route they can follow suit, siting “Industry Standards”.

      I am preparing my “Darth Vader, Noooooo!” and “Game Over man! Game over!” memes.

      • Hammersteyn

        And then some…

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    More realistic option: Sony announces similar plans to Microsoft (honestly, would you be THAT suprised), and the entire console community gets knocked for a six. So both Sony and Microsoft would have DRM and games that would have to be registed to play.

    And all PC gamers would say is……

  • OneManRiot

    ‘And as for unexpected Internet outages, well you could also put your
    account into offline mode via a web page (from an Internet cafe or
    something) or you can call Xbox Support and do it that way”

    Yes fine but wouldn’t you need to get some kind of code from the MS servers to enable it to go offline? Wouldn’t you need an internet connection to receive a notification to your Xbone to say its not suitable for you to play offline?

    I see what you are trying to say here and I think its good but all this is just a huge hassle to play a console, which was designed (the console) in the first place to be almost put on, put in and play type of device…

    • Well no since you can still click offline mode on the console… the only reason you need to tell the server is so your library gets locked..

      It’s a pain yes.. but the online library is actually a cool idea.

      Maybe just make the online library automatically go into offline mode if it doesn’t receive a message in a set period of time|?

      • Sageville

        Hmm, but there are still some peeps out there that don’t have internet at all, but would like to play console games. They would need to goto a friends house to “offline” their console. I assume in your model, every time that person buys a new game he would have to hit up his friends internet to register said game.

        I think a flaw in your model lies in the fact that MS would regard the loaning / deregistering of a game as losing money, which appears to flow against their new prime directive.

      • Nick de Bruyne

        I think it should literally have one of those switches you used in your article lol

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    No amount of blowing in the cartridge will make it work if your internet is down ………

    • ElNicko

      aaahhh – the good old days of Gaming

  • Thomas McBrearty

    Not happening..
    All this hope for “What if Microsoft do this?” or “Maybe Microsoft will get rid of this at some point”, it’s not happening, I’m not trying to ruin your parade pal but if your thinking like that then obviously your on Cloud9 because Microsoft aren’t moving and that’s that unfortunately.

  • kamikazee-hasie

    “For selling you simply go in a revoke your licence. This reactivates the code that came with the game and any used game store can validate that it has been revoked by adding it to their company Library. When they sell the game they will follow the same process and revoke the licence from them allowing the buyer to use the game.”

    Could work just feel bad for the guy that has to check everything (4 plus games), with a customer breathing down their necks to hurry it up coz they gonna miss something else if it takes any longer.

    Stress level gonna be higher when server issues ensue.

    • Yeah it’s absolutely not ideal.. but at least it’s a solution

      • kamikazee-hasie

        Also the activation seems like one restriction that might hamper honest final product game reviews. makes me a sad panda

  • Argentil

    Not happening. They would have announced an offline option if they were even considering it. The 24-hour check IS their offline solution. IF Sony doesn’t implement DRM, and IF console sales are low, they might patch some more lenient offline alternative. They really should have gone with a week at least.

  • AdromidA

    Why you mad bro???

  • Andreavich

    hen you go to buy your car, you don’t just pull up, see the model and buy what they give you. You get a booklet with all the cars features and quite a few options to add, or leave out. When you see, say a two new fords parked at a light they look identical, but the one may have cost a good couple of grand more because the fat balding family likes having Bluetooth connectivity, everything draped in leather, the “sports package” which consists of some carbon fiber on the gear change and dashboard. Car two, however, could cost much less, be affordable, and be just what it was meant to be, a car, a transportation device to get from A to B, with hideous material designs on the seats and an air-con like an asthmatic wheezing through a toilet paper roll, but that’s what the driver wanted, just a god damned car. They both have the ford, they both still drive to the same places, and pretty much in the same ways.

    That would be perfect, you can have your fancy black box with your Televisions and skypes you fat balding family, i just want to slap a disk in that bitch, and shoot someone in the head. When i want to watch some good ol series, ill pick my fat arse up, walk to the lounge and turn on the telly. So let the Americans have their All-in-one, super NFL watching skype machines, and let me order my economy edition ford, that lets me just shoot zombies and pretend im a soldier….

    • Andreavich

      Hens do not drive Fords, my apologies.

  • Nick de Bruyne

    I think that @lazygamers:disqus really is onto something here, because while everyone is saying it wont happen, don’t forget that there is a legit possibility that the Xbox sales may get heavily hammered by everyone being afraid of all of this nonsense, so much so that MS have to relook at their entire system to win consumers back and pick sales up.

    As far as compromises go, this one is pretty good. The only thing that would make it a little more realistic to me maybe, is that if you deactived a game for sale, or even loaned one out, there would be a small fee charged.

  • Man at CIA/NSA/Your boned

    PRISM is installed by default. You have been warned.

    Government has been court out spying on it’s own citizens.
    Reminds me of the Stazi (look it up)

    • FoxHound R – Xbox One Day One

      PRISM keeps us safe from the terrorists and criminals who want to harm freedom.

      • I am not a number


        Your the reason why this country is no longer a free country and over run with greedy capitalists, crime, poor levels of education, the black problem, no free speech and a government that can attack you at any time even if your innocent.
        Wait till the feds an knocking at your door for doing nothing.

        • FoxHound R – Xbox One Day One

          Holy crap. I didn’t know my name is Barack Obama.

          • I am not a number

            More like George `I got my daddy to get me elected by the supreme court in 2000` Bush.

          • FoxHound R – Xbox One Day One

            You shut your mouth that man is a national hero!

          • Brady miaau

            wrong nation, we live in a different one

  • How to resolve all the Xbox One issues?

    Buy a PS4. Checkmate.

    /end troll 😀

    • Big Daddy

      We need another revolution, but we are too busy eating pizza and playing video games while the country goes down the shitter.

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