Although much of the DRM madness from the Xbox One has been swept under the rug, Microsoft has offered some clarifying statements regarding games that may need an always on internet connection. Certain games, such as MMO’s and other games that require cloud computing may, at their own decision, be designed to require an active internet connection.
Corporate vice president of Xbox Marc Whitten explains, “You have to be connected [for cloud processing to work]. All of the things that require the internet will require the console to connect. We want and expect most people to take advantage of those things, but we also want to give people the choice that they can play offline.”