Microsoft Announces Changes to Draconian Xbox One DRM Policies

As the console wars rage on, Microsoft has announced some changes concerning  its DRM policies of the upcoming Xbox One, after deafening outcry from fans over their proposed draconian used game policies. Although it is best to take this news with a grain of salt, if the news proves to be true it could win over thousands of gamers who have turned their backs on the Xbox One.

Here’s what Don Mattrick has to say about the future of the Xbox One DRM policies:

“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.”

So there you go folks, Mattrick is promising to fix all of the outcries levied against Microsoft concerning the Xbox One over the past few weeks. Only time will tell if his word holds true, we’ll keep you updated as the saga continues.

[Via: Xbox Wire]

  • Liberal Republic

    Have effing faux tech journalists have achieved? We lost a better future where digital games can be shared online without a stupid disk. Anti-MS idiots have stopped a better future.

    • West

      Stupid disk? Disks keep the prices lower for people who don’t want to spend 60 dollars for every game they want… Anti-MS? Microsoft’s own fans declared that the used game policies were stupid. Your post is so unintelligent…

      • Liberal Republic

        Disks will soon be thing of the past. Digital copies will be cheaper than disks. But the developers have to decide the pricing.

        • Roaduardo

          Until then, I’m happy we’re keeping physical disks around. The day when digital copy prices come down to the same price as a used disc then many more will embrace it.

          • I FibreOptic I

            DLG will already be cheaper than disc based games according the MS 🙂

          • Roaduardo

            But of course I’d rather see these figures myself in the future than rely on the word of MS. 😉

            Being able to purchase and trade digital copies of games outside of Microsoft and Sony would be much better than going through those two. Just like we do today.

      • Roaduardo

        hear him, hear him!

  • Roaduardo

    See, now that wasn’t so hard was it?

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