Put this one down as a victory for the consumers. This latest reversal by Microsoft is proof that you can’t just shove crap down consumers throats and think that we’ll take it. After a major cry of foul from gamers, Microsoft has decided to drop both the Xbox One restriction on used games as well as the DRM requirement that would have forced the system to check in online every 24 hours or become a brick that you couldn’t even play your disc based games on.
Here’s the offical list of changes to the Xbox One related that will allow gamers to play, share, lend, and resell their games exactly as they 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 they 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.