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Microsoft to drop internet requirements, DRM restrictions for XBox One

Credit: Microsoft

Credit: Microsoft

After a public relations nightmare resulting from Microsoft’s decision to have the XBox One require an internet connection, in addition to the system’s DRM restrictions making the sharing and trading of games virtually impossible (in the traditional sense, anyway), the gaming giant has decided to reverse its stance.

The official announcement acknowledges the outspoken reaction of the XBox user community, and recognizes the community’s role in the decision to alter the overall use model for the XBox One.

“You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc,” writes Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, in a statement posted to the XBox official website. “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.”

The statement goes on to lay out the changes for the console:

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.

This has to be seen as an embarrassment for Microsoft, as their initial approach with the next-gen console blew up in their faces, forcing the media giant to backtrack. And even with this open-access alteration, they still are presenting a console that is $100 more expensive than Sony’s Playstation 4, and $150 more expensive than Nintendo’s WiiU. However, Microsoft at least deserves credit for recognizing the error, instead of sticking to their guns, against the vocal majority of their user base.

What do you think of the news? Will you be purchasing an XBox One? Sound off in the comments!

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takakupo
takakupo

I for one am very happy that Xbox is listening to its critics. Their decisions were awfully stupid leading up to their big reveal, casting aside casual gamers like Sony did during the previous console war. Obvioulsy Sony learned their lesson and hopefully they begin making far more games co-op and family friendly while maintaing their edge in graphics, mature & entertaining titles as well as their signature releases like Final Fantasy and the lot.

jpfajardo
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oh NOW you takin' it back? Screw you, Microsoft. You got pwned at E3 and now you being a pussy. It's PS4 all the way, baby!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@jpfajardo What happened to Nintendo love?

JoeTranch
JoeTranch moderator

@Rickey Are you into Injustice: Gods Among Us? I'm obsessed! I know you love your superheroes!

JoeTranch
JoeTranch moderator

@Rickey It's a new DC fighting game made by the folks at Mortal Kombat. You should look into it. It's amazing, but, then again, I was also raised on fighting games.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@JoeTranch @Rickey Is that the comic or the game? Right now the only game I'm playing is Minecraft (after only playing Bordelands 2 for a long time). But as soon as my new Nintendo 3DS xl comes along...

jpfajardo
jpfajardo

@Rickey @jpfajardo oh, yeah. Nintendo, Animal Crossing, go! Animal Crossing is my life right now. My roommate is hogging the PS3.