Can you play XBox 360 games without internet connection?

I just got an XBox 360 Slim console and as I turn it on, I’m setting up everything (what language I want, etc.) However, it’s asking me for internet connection when I try to recover my gamertag. Is it possible to play games WITHOUT internet? Like just inserting the disc into the console and play it. Please help.

12 Answers

  1. yes you sure can! You can play all the games you want. You don’t need an internet connection for anything. The only reason why you need an internet connection is to play online multiplayer games or to access additional media with the xbox.

  2. Games Without Internet

  3. It all depends on the game. I can play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on my Xbox 360, but not Tony Hawks Underground Skating 2. I am not sure what determines if a game is playable from Xbox to Xbox 360, all I know is some work, and some dont. Internet Connection has nothing to do with it.

  4. No Internet Games

  5. Yes, you can play games without an internet connection, but to recover your profile from Xbox Live, you need an internet connection. How else is the system going to download your profile from an online service?

  6. Yes, just go to My XBOX and hit A to play the game.

    Skip the internet connection step.

  7. If you bought a down loadable game on another console, you can’t play it without an internet connection. All Indie games need internet to play. If you have internet, you can get free updates to existing games.

  8. Well you need an internet connection to recover an account but you dont just to play games.

  9. yeah you can play pretty much any game without internet the only thing you need internet for is multiplayer or updates but neither are absolutely necessary.

  10. yes it is possible play games without internet this is why girls shouldnt play xbox haha jk

Relevant information

Since confirming that the Xbox One would need to ‘check in’ with Microsoft via the web, Microsoft has faced an awful lot of criticism from gamers. While it would be incorrect to say the console requires an always-on connection to the internet, you do need an internet connection to play games on the Xbox One. Responding to a question about gamers without internet access, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick had a rather disappointing answer.


Speaking during an interview at E3, Don Mattrick told GameTrailers that users without an internet connection can always just stick with the Xbox 360. Really.

“Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity and it’s called Xbox 360,” he told Game Trailer’s Geoff Keighley. When Keighley asks if that’s Microsoft’s message, Mattrick reiterates his point.

“Right, so stick with 360, that’s your message if you don’t like it?” Keighley asks. Mattrick responds: “If you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device.”

We’re not sure this will help Microsoft’s (or the Xbox One’s) cause.

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