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June 20, 2013

Microsoft reverses Xbox One DRM policy, is it to late to change people’s minds?


Microsoft’s next game console, the Xbox One was heading for a disaster launch as it was best known for it’s ridiculous online checks and complex used game system. Forums have been flooded with users who are angered by these restrictions and even the most elite users considering switching to the PlayStation 4. Well Microsoft have obviously seen that the Xbox One was causing controversy so they have decided to roll back those policies. Microsoft’s head Don Mattrick took the Xbox blog to explain “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.” He then goes on to state:

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


Mattrick then goes on to explain that the decision was made in direct response to gamer outcry. He goes on to say “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.” Another added bonus is that he also confirmed that the Xbox One will also be region free like the PlayStation 4. Disc-based games will now also have to be kept in the disc tray rather than the user having to copy them to the HDD. These new feature changes will obviously have an impact elsewhere and Mattrick confirms this by saying, “These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One.”

So what do you guys think? It looks like us gamers have won this round but is it to little to late? I for one would like the Kinect to be optional and the price matched to the PS4. Let us know what you think below.

Source – Xbox Wire

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