Xbox One Eighty

Posted: 20/06/2013 in Blog, Gaming, News, Technology
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Microsoft have decided to reverse their decision on implementing policies like the controversial game DRMs and online check-ins.

Xbox One Console

Xbox One Console

Much to gaming fans delight, Microsoft last night made a statement on the official Xbox website regarding the changes.

“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

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.

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.”

Although, also being removed will be some features such as the Shared Game Library, where gamers could access their games from another profile on same console or  another persons console via the cloud.

This has come on the back of a major backlash from fans after their E3 showcase along with the many PR disasters they have brought on themselves in the aftermath. 

With this statement. Microsoft have now brought a new element to the console war. While the PS4 remains cheaper and does not require a Kinect-like accessory to function, taking both consoles at face value now and the tables have been levelled up, if not turned in the favour of the Xbox depending on how you look at it. With both consoles launched in November, it will be a very interesting run-in for gaming fans to see how both console developers play their cards from here on in… Sony’s move.

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