[UPDATED] RUMOUR: Microsoft To Reverse Xbox One DRM Policies

June 19, 2013
industry, News, Xbox One


Sounds as though Microsoft are doing some major backtracking.

UPDATE – Microsoft have announced via a post on the Xbox website that an online connection will now not be required to play offline Xbox One games, and that there will be no limits to trading in and lending games ‘just as it works today on Xbox 360’.

In what would seem to be an interesting turn around in their announced policies at E3, sources have told Giant Bomb that Microsoft are planning a complete change of their policies with regards to DRM and onine requirements for the Xbox One.

What this will apparently mean is the following: –

  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
  • All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
  • An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
  • All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
  • Region locks have been dropped
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Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but Microsoft have certainly taken a lot of flak for their policies while Sony have been praised for seemingly keeping things as they are.

Source: Giant Bomb

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