Microsoft Adjusts Xbox One Policies
Yeah, you read that right. Microsoft has officially announced, via their press blog, that two of the Xbox One’s most infamous content policies are about to be reversed. In what is quickly becoming an industry-wide shocker, it now appears that the forthcoming console will no longer restrict used game sales, nor will it require users to connect to the internet at 24-hour intervals.

Here’s a quick update from Don Mattrick, the company’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business:

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.

Translated, it appears that the gaming community’s collective outrage has fueled the policy reversals enacted today. In a recent Amazon survey, polled gamers outvoted the Xbox One by an absolute landslide, ultimately siding with Sony’s DRM-free PS4. With a final tally of over 21,000 votes to a measly 1,300, it’s clear that even Microsoft’s most dedicated fans were beginning to falter.

Wondering exactly how these new policies will work? Here’s a rundown from Mattrick on the adjusted system:

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.

Straightforward, no? Here’s the info on selling and sharing discs:

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. 

If you’re looking to pre-order, Amazon has you covered. The device will still run you $500, but it’s a much sweeter bargain than it was a few hours ago.

William Herbert

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