Microsoft surrenders to gamers, DRM is no more
After a few hours of speculation, it’s official: Microsoft surrenders to gamers all over the world, pulling a 180° on their DRM policy for Xbox One.
Here’s the interesting updates:
- 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.
Basically, just like PlayStation 4 and WiiU, and the last generation consoles. It’s commendable that they changed their policy due to user feedback, although clearly we have competition to thank for that – mostly, Sony with their famous E3 press conference announcement, with the crowd cheering all over. This is just the beginning of what seems like a potentially great console generation; if Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo actually do learn from each other, we can all be grateful.