Confirmed: Microsoft Change Xbox One DRM Policies

Following earlier rumours, Microsoft have confirmed tonight that they’re reversing their policies on the Xbox One’s DRM – the battle just got interesting.

Although the Xbox site buckled under the pressure of lots of simultaneous hits (worrying for a company that previously pushed always online so hard) the following info has been published:

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“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One,” says the blog on the Xbox Wire, written by Don Mattrick, “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.”

“So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:”

“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.”

  • Info: you don’t need an internet connection to play offline. You will need to connect once to set up the console. That’s it.

“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.”

  • Info: you can trade, rent and sell Xbox One games with no fuss.

“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.”

  • Info: no region lock, downloadable games can be played offline.

“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.”

“We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”

“Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.”

And that’s that – the Xbox One is suddenly a much more appealing console.

Thoughts?

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106 Comments

  1. Holy fucking shit. They’ve done it! We won.
    They have my respect.
    Now I want to see how they talk themselves out of the crap they’ve spouted up to this point.

    • They’ve lost any tiny bit of respect I had for them whatsoever lol
      I’d have more respect for them if they were committed to their original decision & not wimp out at the first hurdle. It actually angers me. They had their chance & got to big for their boots in my eyes & now trying to be the good guy. …& chill…. Ahhhhh… :)

  2. “Thank you for your candid feedback” has to become a new meme.

  3. Windows 8.1 LOL.

  4. Super.

    • Yep. Can now buy Forza 5 and not feel bad.

      • Hope you didn’t spend any money on a wheel that works with the specifically licensed Xbox 360 connection, like the hugely expensive Forza branded Fanatec wheel… cos it seems that was money wasted with Xbox One. They have changed the spec once again

        PS4 on the other hand… standard USB HIB, carry on.

  5. lol, i just commented on the previous ‘rumour’ article so excuse this.. :)

    *copy&paste&edit*

    Brilliant news, we need competition in the console market, it can’t be a one-horse race. So with the DRM restrictions removed the playing field is levelled and the real competition between the consoles can begin, leaving us to concentrate on the games!

    Gamers win! :)

    • Price is still a massive factor for alot of people. PS4 is still cheaper.

      But yes, this increases competition. Will be interesting that’s for sure. I wonder if alot of the people who were going to be switching to PS4 will now backtrack and forget what MS were intending to do to them and just run back with open arms?

      • not just the price, quite a few people (including me) will be avoiding the X1 as the plague because of the requirement of kinect always being connected.
        I don’t trust M$ when they say you can turn it off.
        And of course there is always the possibility the X1 will be cracked and they gain access to kinect.
        No, I’m staying away even if they where to give me the console for free I wouldn’t want it.

      • I know, if this had been Sony instead of Microsoft that had made it’s fans go through this and then backtracked today – how would Playstation fans feel? It’ll be interesting to see but i think many will return to xbox as the news sinks in.

        If they can switch off the DRM , then it might be possible to switch off the Kinect requirement the same way.

        PS4 is still my choice of course, they have the exclusives i really want to play.

  6. I’m so sorry for this; I was actually looking forward to see how a giant brand like this would sink :p

  7. I’ll probably end up getting Juan in about 2 years now although I’m not really that interested what MS do. They do look rather foolish though now.

  8. It’s the lack of integrity Microsoft show that will cement me never choosing them or their products. I love the fact that they thought they could dictate to such a ridiculous level and not be punished for it. Spineless!

  9. And they can rename it to the xbox 180 while they’re at it

  10. well they changed their policies after the huge backlash as I thought they would eventually so fair enough but too late in the day to change my mind. ps4 all the way for me.

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