None of this has been confirmed by Microsoft yet but Giantbomb.com is reporting that there are big changes to the XBOX One’s game policies, essentially killing all DRM that was going to be imprinted to the console. Those changes are rumored as follows:
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
Is this true? One can only hope so after the shit storm that has been brewing over the last month or so (highlighted by us last week). If this does take effect though it changes the landscape of the next-gen war. It does make you wonder if decisions like this are made because the customers are demanding it or MS is concerned that Sony will win. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.
And just like that, it’s now been confirmed. Microsoft has posted a long article on their site confirming that the rumors are true. Here’s the main bullet points:
- 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.
Read the full release to hear how MS has realized that they were going to be destroyed in the court of public opinion.