Microsoft Have Listened, No More DRM or Internet Check-ins on Xbox One


Microsoft didn’t have a very good time of it at E3 and they know it. That’s why they finally listened to the gamers and decided to make some changes. Today Microsoft’s President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, made an announcement on that went like this:

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. 

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

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. 

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

So what about the ever-watching Kinect? Well we’re not sure about how things will work in the UK but over in America a new legislation could put severe restrictions on how the Kinect shares information.

For some this sudden “change of heart” might be a little too late. Microsoft haven’t exactly been acting in the interests of their customers for the past month. They’ve been stubborn enough to say that the consumers need to be “educated” on the benefits of the Xbox One and were betting on poor judgement for their sales (no, really).

There was even news that their E3 demos were running on Windows 7. Apparently the use of PCs for demonstration purposes isn’t so strange. But it’s still funny that they should choose it over Windows 8.

But what do you think? Has this affected your decision on which next-gen console to buy?

Sources:, Escapist

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