Microsoft Backs Off Restrictive Xbox One Policies
Including Always Online, Used Game Blocks, and Region Locks
by Karl Bode 05:36PM Wednesday Jun 19 2013 Tipped by guear
Microsoft appears to have backed away from their rather absurd and draconian DRM policies
for their upcoming Xbox One console. According to a blog post
by the company, the company will be backing away from the console's previous "online check in every 24 hours" requirement, as well as lifting many of the restrictions on used games. Microsoft's also backing off of the restrictions on game rentals, something that would have seriously harmed companies like Gamefly.com. Even region locks will be going away after consumer complaints.
According to Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick, the following changes are going to be made after receiving "candid feedback":
•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.
The move was absolutely essentially from Microsoft's standpoint, given the huge early PR boon it was providing Sony's PS4
. Provided the shifts don't come with unwanted caveats, it's refreshing to see Microsoft isn't entirely tone deaf.