Microsoft's Xbox One home entertainment console. (image: Microsoft)
Those who purchase a new Xbox One once it comes out in the States November 22 will probably want to hook it up and begin playing the latest video games right away. Unfortunately, that won't be possible without first downloading and installing a day-one patch. Anybody who doesn't download and install the patch simply have a $500 doorstop rather than a high-end gaming and entertainment console.
"Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update," said Microsoft senior director of product management Albert Penello in a recent interview with website Engadget.
When Engadget posed a hypothetical scenario of an Xbox One owner's internet being down on day one, Penello simply said that user would be able to do "nothing" with the console.
"It's not gonna be really an optional thing," he further commented in the interview.
Sony's PlayStation 4, which launches November 15, is expected to have a similar day-one update. Unlike the Xbox One patch, however, PS4 owners will still be able to play games out of the box. Sony's patch simply adds Blu-Ray and DVD playback to the console.