At first glance, you might assume that there’s no way to play Xbox One games without the Internet. Thankfully, you can because there are times when you’re simply not going to have access to the internet. We’ve all been in situations where online connectivity just wasn’t available for whatever reason.
The Xbox One uses the internet to communicate with Xbox Live and keep your experience running smoothly. Your console checks to make sure that all your games are up-to-date. Xbox Live provides it with any software updates that add new features or improves stability. The two also copy your video game saves to Xbox Live for safe keeping.
It’s true that online role-playing and multiplayer games require an internet connection, but you can play some Xbox One games without the internet. Here’s how to continue your gaming session without a connection.
What You Need to Know About Playing Xbox One Games Without the Internet
Only single-player Xbox One games and titles with cooperative play are playable without the internet. Batman: Arkham Knight only has a single player experience, so that game would work fine without an internet connection, for example. Fallout 4 works just fine too. You will need an internet connection to download any software updates or downloadable content that these games get after their launch.
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If a game requires you to pay for Xbox Live Gold to work properly, you won’t be able to play it offline. Destiny, for example, needs to connect to servers. You can’t enjoy it without an internet connection. The Division won’t let you continue playing without an internet connection either.
Xbox games that have both single player and multiplayer experiences split the difference. You can start them up and access their single player without issue. Their multiplayer experiences won’t work. NBA 2K17, Madden NFL 17, Mass Effect Andromeda, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Halo 5: Guardians will all let you enjoy their single player, without their multiplayer elements.
Playing Xbox One Games Without the Internet
Begin by installing every Xbox game you’d like to play without the Internet. It doesn’t matter if the game came on a disc or you purchased it from the Xbox Store, install it on your console.
Double tap the glowing Xbox logo on your Xbox One Wireless Controller to bring up the Xbox Guide. The Xbox Guide is a menu that slides out from the right side of our screen.
Once the menu is open, highlight the Settings area at the bottom.
Now select All Settings from the Settings area.
Your console should take you to the Xbox One Settings app. Select Network from the menu on the left side of your television’s display. It’s the third option from the top of the menu.
Now select Network Settings.
From the Network Settings menu, look for the Go Offline option on the left side of your display. Go ahead and select it.
At this point, your console will stop trying to connect to Microsoft’s servers and the internet. All your game saves will stay on your console’s internal hard drive until the next time you connect to Xbox Live. Again, multiplayer mode and games that require servers won’t work without an internet connection.
Be careful when unlocking Achievements. The Xbox One only has a limited cache for storing Achievements that you’ve unlocked. As such, Microsoft recommends that users connect their console to Xbox Live periodically to avoid losing Achievements they unlocked while their console was offline. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t reveal how many Achievements the console can store.
Playing Xbox One games with the internet is an easy way to keep your gaming sessions going when your internet isn’t working.