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MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks

Your Feedback Matters Update on Xbox One has word that Microsoft is pulling a 180 on the online requirement/DRM aspect of their upcoming Xbox One console system that alienated the core gaming community (thanks Giant Bomb and whathifi via Kotaku and nin). Give them credit for spin, as they focus on the love in the feedback they got on this, saying: "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." Here's word, where they also announce they no longer plan on having games region locked:

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.

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8. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:15 Ryan Lange
 
+1 to Microsoft for the reversals.
-50 to Microsoft for thinking they could get away with that crap in the first place.
 
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7. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:13 Fantaz
 
NKD wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 16:58:
Sorry Fuckbox, too little too late.

The damage was Done... (Xbox DOne)
 
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6. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:13 NegaDeath
 
So who got fired?  
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5. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:07 Fibrocyte
 
This was completely expected and will gain them many sales. I'll still get a ps4 but this will close the gap a bit between the two consoles by quite a bit.  
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4. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:04 nin
 

<checks amazon orders> Yep, that PS4 is still ordered...#DEALWITHIT

Rest assured, they're not doing this out of the kindness of their hearts...

 
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3. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 17:04 mag
 
Holy damn. I don't know if I've ever seen such fast and dramatic capitulation to consumer demands from MS.  
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2. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 16:59 Shok
 
Now if they just fix Windows 8 and get rid of Balmer...  
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1. Re: MS Backtracks on Xbox One DRM & Region Locks Jun 19, 2013, 16:58 NKD
 
Sorry Fuckbox, too little too late.  
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If you don't like where gaming is heading, stop giving your money to the people who are taking it in that direction.
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