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Xbox One Needs Mandatory Day One Update to do Anything

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"It's not gonna be really an optional thing."

Microsoft has confirmed that, much like the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One won't be able to do anything until a mandatory day one update is installed.

In an interview with Engadget, senior director of product management Albert Penello explained that even disc-based games won't work with the console until the patch is installed, thanks to the fact it's shipped with an old operating system.

When asked what consumers could expect to do without the patch installed, Penello said "Nothing. You need the day one update."

"A lot of the apps come with the day one update because they wouldn't have even been done. You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing.

"Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update."

Similarly, the PlayStation 4 will require a v1.50 system update on day one to activate several key features such as Remote Play, second screen support, gameplay sharing, and Blu-ray player functionality. The update will be approximately 300 MB.

In case you missed it earlier today, Penello also opened up about the likelihood of backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One through cloud streaming services.