Microsoft backtracks on DRM and ‘always on’ policies for the Xbox One

“As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One.”

That’s right, you got it folks. This is the news that Microsoft have announced that because of ‘feedback from the Xbox community’ (read: everyone’s pre-ordering PS4s instead) they’ve decided to go back on a couple of their more controversial policies. Here’s what Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment business, had to say after the initial announcement:

“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.”

After this Xbox 180 (Doh…) Microsoft now have very little in place to differentiate their console from Sony’s PS4 – except, that is, for the price difference of eighty pounds. Is this colossal about-face bad or good business on their part? Let us know in the box below.

Food for thought  – this is going to be an epic public relations hike for Microsoft. Now they’re the company that listens and the more cynical amongst us might imagine they’d engineered this situation from the beginning…Thoughts?

Source: Computerandvideogames.com

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I can’t see them engineering this from the start just to boost PR. I’d still be relatively confident that their image has still suffered as a whole from this mess. While some people will see it as them listening to their market, I think most people will see this for backtracking after terrible planning and a massive backlash that they didn’t anticipate…I know I do. Having said that, the difference between the two consoles is, as you say, marginal now so I think it will still come down to loyal customers. I don’t know any statistics but I would say… Read more »