We reported earlier that Target had shipped out a user’s Xbox One early. The same person then went out and bought Call of Duty: Ghosts to play on his 2 week early Xbox One. A few hours later after blowing up on social media, Microsoft banned his console from Xbox LIVE and said that he won’t be allowed to play again until Nov. 22nd. But, he was only supposed to be banned from Xbox LIVE, after the ban, the user tweeted out saying that he cannot play the Call of Duty: Ghosts campaign mode because it “requires connection to Xbox LIVE.

Many users went straight to NeoGAF to claim that Microsoft actually has DRM with the Xbox One, but Albert Penello has stepped in and confirmed that this is not true, and it’s only occurring because of the pre-release software that his console has. And he has also confirmed that this isn’t a Call of Duty issue, it’s the console’s software.

“This behavior is only because we are in pre-release. When we launch, console will work exactly as you expect today on 360. For sure this has nothing to do with requiring a connection. There is no “DRM removal” in the Day One update because none of the consoles were ever built with that stuff in it. This also has nothing to do with COD. The Day One update just brings the SW up to date with the latest versions vs. what’s on the box. But there is no 24 check in, that’s for sure.”

SOURCE: NeoGAF and @moonlightswami

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  • TheCheeseWeel

    why is this such a big deal? its been like this for PC players for years on CoD

    • Misogynist

      Well.. who the hell has a PC without internet?

      • Matt Trumble

        who the hell does not have internet

        • commonsense

          People that get deployed on a ship for 8-10 months don’t have Internet for that whole time period

        • Porp

          Probably some one who can’t afford it you jerk

      • TheCheeseWeel

        my internet has cut out twice in week long sessions in the past year. and if your computer has internet, why wouldnt your Xbox have it?

    • Tony Rambo

      Steam has an offline mode so your argument is invalid 😀

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        A PC without internet is like a grilled cheese sandwich without cheese.

        • Sawmane2

          When I go on a road trip that is the only time i play cod campaign.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            I played the whole COD: Ghosts campaign yesterday in 4 hours. I expected an unlockable but got nothing. Does anyone know, do you get anything for completing it on Veteran? Besides the trophy.

        • Tony Rambo

          A PC without internet is like boobs without nipples

      • TheCheeseWeel

        i cant play MW3 or BO2 when the internet goes out so yea…

  • MuscledRMH

    Why is he still banned? WTF

    • Shardlotte

      He’s going to be unbanned once the console is closer to release. They just don’t want any pre-release information being leaked, which is understandable. They even invited him to the big launch party.

  • curi0us

    I swear Microsoft can’t catch a break ever since E3. Very bad publicity, several rumors (some confirmed, some not-so-confirmed), the underclocked processor, and the list just goes on.

    Sony also has DRM which will be patched out on a Day 1 patch. But they were smart and rode on the utter disaster that Microsoft started.

    To be fair, and to quell any fanboyism – Both systems *were* going to launch with DRM, but Sony kept it under wraps and played their cards right with marketing. And what’s stopping either company from simply activating DRM or anything else that fans wanted turned off in the beginning?


    Both can simply patch it right back and activate it without your knowing or consent.

    Too bad most people buying next-gen are completely uneducated and don’t understand/don’t care.

    • JustFag

      Do you have a source about Sony having DRM or are you just saying that to make them look bad? I can answer that for you actually, no you don’t.

      • curi0us

        You could just google. Even the top 10 results for “PS4 DRM” come up positive.

        • Boris Guyon-Pelfrene

          If you’re referring to Sony patenting DRM systems, then there was never any confirmed link between that and PS4.

          • curi0us

            Nope. The PS4 was designed around DRM and was going to ship with it.

            Rumor is most features for the PS4 won’t work because the PS Network is being completely redone after the removal of DRM.

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        I’m supporting Playstation and I’m buying a PS4, but he’s right. They were originally going to do the same thing as Xbox. However, after they saw the backlash the community gave Microsoft, they changed their policies in preparation for their E3 reveal, because with everyone hating on Microsoft, it was their chance to steal the crowd by giving people what they wanted. You are the uneducated fanboy curi0s mentioned. I may be a fanboy, but at least I admit when Playstation makes faults and where Microsoft does good. (Ex. I like Xbone’s UI better than Playstation).

        • curi0us

          Adding insult to injury, one of the folks at Microsoft shooting for CEO is wanting to drop the Xbox brand entirely saying it’s losing Microsoft too much money.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            I saw that, didn’t know that was the reasoning behind him wanting to drop the Xbox. Damn.

  • Sentrymann

    I’m not trying to be snooty, but I’m just glad I got a ps4 so I don’t have deal with all this.

  • Mufaro Maruzani

    why are people buying the xbox one? it costs more and is less powerful than the PS4. not being a fanboy just wondering 🙂


      Not true.

    • Adam


      • Im gonna buy Titanfall for PC

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Two letters: PC

      • curi0us

        Titanfall is a timed exclusive and will be available on the PC as well.

        • Rai

          It’s been announced for both xbox and pc, it’s not coming to the ps4 though….Said the second one might though <— No troll intended. lol

      • Misogynist

        I can just buy a much cheaper regular Xbox if I wanted to play Titanfall

    • jordanxbrookes

      Halo 5

      • Mufaro Maruzani

        fair enough its a good game lol

      • curi0us

        Halo died with Halo 4. At this point the only choice is to take it out back and put it down. At this point it would be out of mercy.

        • Kerr

          And that’s why loads of people are still playing Halo 4 online and they still have contests going on? Halo is great game and it has one of the best stories to it unlike some other games such as COD. I would take Halo over Killzone any day of the week.

    • Matt Trumble

      well lets see they are nearly identical in specs so that does not alter my opinion on it and actually the battlefeild gameplay i saw looked better on xbox one just saying and so i choose for exclusives and multiplayer experience im getting almost all exclusives for xbox one becuase imo they are all great and then the power of the cloud with dedicated servers for all games and they way it changes how we play like what the are doing with forza how with the cloud it can mimic your play style tell if you drive and it improves ai in all games dramatically like titanfall that game took advantage of the power of the cloud then the price does not matter to me because one its not by alot imo and its because of the kinect. i like what the kinect is doing and how complex and good it is this time around with instint switching 1080p camera and xbox has way more apps on it like nfl also i like playing with my freinds and alot of my freinds are getting xbox so thats why im getting xbox one

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Because I think the features are a lot better. (TV, and multitasking and such) and I like the exclusives so far for the Xbox. The argument that the PS4 is a lot more powerful than the Xbox is pointless because you probably won’t even notice the difference while you are using the system. Just my thought at least.

    • Rai

      No need to thumbs down him peeps, it’s a legit question.
      But anyways it’s not just about the graphics (which I thought we console gamers agreed on last gen >___>) Simply for me gaming-wise I care a lot about online, and i’m liking what they’re doing with live, the cloud, dedis for every game, etc.
      The games, I prefer the xbox controller, interested in what the kinect will bring to gaming (ex: bf4 head tracking and voice controls: calling for medics, ammo, etc) the all in one aspect. It’s all preference though. Hope you enjoy your ps4 🙂

      Also MUH FUCKIN TITANFALL, cause my current laptop won’t run it well. Hell, i’m struggling to stay above 25 fps on Tomb Raider on lowest settings….Enjoying f2p games and what-not though 😀

  • Riley is not amused

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      You didn’t have as many parts in the COD Campaign as I anticipated. I was disappointed. You were basically only there for the first missions.

      • Yea that surprised me,they were talking big about me in the campaign..

    • curi0us

      I found myself attached to Riley, even though he had a limited appearance throughout the game.

      I also, realized half-way through the campaign he’s got the last name as Simon “Ghost” Riley, the guy from MW2.

      After beating Ghosts, I went back to MW2 and played through the campaign. I also realized there was almost the same amount of limited interaction with Ghost, as there was with Riley.

      As stupid as it sounds, I found myself more attached to Riley than Ghost, even though both shared almost equal time in-game and one ended up dying from a dirty trick while the other ended up living on a technicality.

    • Misogynist

      You are the single most annoying thing ever in Multiplayer since Dead Man’s Hand/Martyrdom

      • Yea im so op,see me comming around the corner,youre a dead man already

  • Batman

    If you have a next gen console why would you not have an internet connection?

    • HenryDF

      Did you even fucking read the giant tweet that says “I CANNOT play Ghosts online. It requires online and the ban prevents Live”. Seriously? Did you read anything?

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      People can afford a next-gen console at launch but they can’t buy a router. Logic.

  • Rated-R619

    The Day One Patch is not released yet, so his Xbox is like it supposed to be before E3.

  • Brahm

    The same way they took DRM out of the Xbox one when everyone started complaining they can just put it back in whenever they want big company’s have no respect for customers

  • DC Phantom X

    I cant play call of duty offline and its pissing me off and its june 14 2014 can anyone help out? And my Xbox1is up todate