Well this is certainly interesting.
A week after the Electronics Entertainment Expo, Microsoft has decided to pull a 180 on the 360’s successor.
In a post entitled “Your Feedback Matters“, the company announced that the Xbox One will no longer require a constant Internet connection and players will be able to resell/share his or her games.
“You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc,” the post reads.
“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.”
The post goes into details about what this means for the retail version of the console:
- 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.
During the Electronics Entertainment Expo this year, Sony stole the show by exposing the Xbox One’s strict DRM policies and inability for players to share games with one another.
While Sony may have won the battle, Microsoft looks like it won’t be giving up the war.
It’s a shame that Microsoft didn’t take a more middle-of-the-road approach with the DRM. I had some ideas on how they could have met gamers in the middle, facilitated both sharing/lending games and trade-ins as well as allowing the cooler features like a roaming games library.
That said, Microsoft have clearly addressed THE largest elephant in the room. 🙂
It was an elephant larger than all of E3, I’m just glad this part of the console wars is done and we can get back to talking about the games :).
Btw, what were some of your other ideas?