Your Xbox One doesn’t need to be connected for you to enjoy offline features of games. In fact, you can take the Xbox One anywhere and play any disc-based Xbox One game on it. The only times you need an online connection are for initial set-up of Xbox One, and to get the latest system and title updates before you start playing some games.
Use Xbox One’s disc-based games just like you do today—there are no limitations to using and sharing them: it works like it does today on Xbox 360. If you’d rather get your games digitally, you can purchase from Xbox Live and get instant access to playing.
A single Xbox Live Gold membership works across both Xbox One and Xbox 360—your membership covers both. And you can log into a friend’s Xbox One and access all your downloadable games, preferences, and apps.
You decide how personalized Xbox One is to you and your family, including privacy settings, manual or automatic sign-in, and how data is used. And when you play games or enjoy apps that use sensitive personal data, such as videos, photos, and facial expressions, no one except you can access it, without your express permission.
Depending on the game or app, you can control Xbox One using voice commands1 and gestures, a controller, a remote control or your Xbox One SmartGlass device. It’s designed to interact with you in multiple ways.
To turn off your Xbox One, just say “Xbox, Turn Off.” This puts Xbox One into standby mode where it’s only listening for the voice command, “Xbox On.” You can also turn off your Kinect through the system settings, or you can simply unplug it. Xbox One does not require a Kinect to be plugged in for the system to function.1
No need to worry: you can bring your Xbox Live Gamertag and Gamerscore with you to Xbox One. Your Gamerscore will be automatically updated once you have connected to Xbox Live.
With Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership, you can use Skype to voice chat with any platform that supports it. If Skype isn’t supported (like on the Xbox 360), you’ll still be able to see which of your friends is online and message them.
1 Some screens simulated; appearance may vary. Advanced TV hardware required. Initial set-up, updates, and some games and features require broadband internet; ISP fees apply. Voice and gesture functionality and Skype video calls require Kinect for Xbox One. Kinect voice functionality only available in supported locales and language and varies by feature. See support.xbox.com/xbox-one/kinect/voice-commands. Online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately). Multiplayer between Xbox 360 and Xbox One not supported. Games and media content sold separately. Available features and content may vary by country, and over time.