Today Microsoft has announced a reversal of the very controversial DRM features on the Xbox One. Meaning, the Xbox One no longer needs and internet connection and the Xbox One no longer needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours. The Xbox One will be able to play discs just like any other console and the restrictions on trading Xbox One games has also been removed. Also, the regional restrictions has also been removed.
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Xbox division president Don Mattrick has been quoted:
“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.”
As for the price of the Xbox One, Microsoft is sticking to the $499 price saying the Kinect is still part of the “core” experience.
This is a good move by Microsoft after their disastrous Xbox One reveal and their Xbox One presentation during E3. They received so much backlash that common sense has finally hit them and made the right decision to remove these unnecessary and bone-headed DRM restrictions.
You can read the entire press release here:
Statement from Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business:
Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
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.
Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.
It seems that Sony winning this generation’s console war is going to take a turn and we’ll gonna have to see how will this unveil once the consoles are in the store shelves.