Microsoft did what was right and has just completed a nice 180 degrees turn on its digital rights management (DRM) policy for the Xbox One.
Good news gamers, we will no longer need a connection to the internet to play offline games, no requirement to connect to Microsoft servers every 24 hours. And we can trade, swap, buy and sell them as we please. Also, there won’t be any regional restrictions.
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.
So the titanic – and expected – backlash worked. This shows that at least gamers still hold the power to shape the way products are developed.
It was the right thing to do. Previous policies would have been the end of console gaming for Microsoft.
Good move MS, you will benefit from this.