Your Feedback Matters – Update on
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
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.