Microsoft is getting rid of its DRM policies over used games and connectivity in the Xbox One.
In a statement issued to Kotaku, Microsoft confirmed it was indeed ditching the controversial DRM’s following massive negative feedback since the console was announced, the weeks leading up to E3 and the days after E3.
“So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”
This represents an unprecedented move on Microsoft’s part and could potentially mean features such as price could change. What this does show is Microsoft is listening to its consumers but could this have been a ploy from Microsoft since the very beginning? Though unlikely, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are on the way and the “console war” has been heating up considerably this year.
Perhaps the new console should be renamed the Xbox One Eighty.
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