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. Hold on whats that noise? Oh it’s just the people lapping it up lol :D

  2. If they think for a freaking second that they could tell people that they could just get an Xbox 360 if they didn’t have internet and then tell people that their console would be $500 for weaker specs and restrictive DRM. Then come back to us after getting their asses handed to them by the community and say “We’re sorry”. IT’S NOT HAPPENING! They aren’t brave for trying to back track. THEY were implementing this, not game developers(i.e. Ubisoft and EA saying that they wouldn’t require online passes). They just got scarred and decided to not pull a Sony E3 Press Conference 2006. They aren’t getting a cent of my money.

    • On top of that say to people that they really don’t own their games and that Microsoft was just (effectively) lending it to them for a while. It is insanity that people will forgive them for this.

      • unfortunately people will probably forgive and forget though, until the DRM is implemented again (after a year or 2 would be my guess).

    • Judging by the date of your membership with TSA I can see you needed to express your understandable anger. Thumbs up! :)

  3. WE WON!

    Good job to everyone who didn’t pre-order and littered the internet with their dissatisfaction!

    I still won’t be getting Juan, though.

  4. Where’s Eldave0?!
    He’ll be over the moon!!! Lol Quick, someone at the SixthAxis email him & let him know. He’ll be devastated if he’s last to know.

    • Eldave0 just messaged me there’s a party at his,Don Mattrick’s bringing the beers and pizza. :D

      • Bless his cotton socks. :)

      • LOL! Just spotted this article. Nearly fell off my chair! :)
        Funnily enough I actually did have beers and pizza this evening

  5. Also, I hope journalists ask the tough questions, like “So what are you going to do without the mandatory power of the cloud? Will Titanfall even work anymore?” and other such questions based on ignorant information they fed us.

    • I’m believe it’ll still work, although X1 won’t require that the console is online, the game developers would probably be able to mandate this.
      So in general if Titanfall required cloud power, they could just make an online connection be mandatory when playing their game.

  6. Wow, so Microsoft actually noticed that the whole internet was filled with negative comments about their DRM policies? I’m really surprised. Most of their recent statements suggested that they don’t have much connection to the real world at the moment.
    It’s very good thing for gamers that they backtracked on these restrictions and didn’t get to set their “vision of the future” as a new standard.

    Now what about that Kinect surveillance, Microsoft?

  7. The CIA wont allow this, they need it to check in every 24 hours, to send all the things Kinect has recorded from the previous day. Spying Bastards

    • Is that why no one has ever bought the PlayStation “eye” and never will?

  8. Can’t type….lol……hahahaha……..

  9. Fair play to Microsoft for doing this. Even though it’s the right decision in the end it can’t be easy doing a complete U-turn on your policies like this.

    I’m still firmly in the PS4 buyers camp as their games are more appealing to me. But if a must have exclusive does appear on the Xbox One at some point then it might tempt me. It’s not a launch day console for me though.

  10. Better they do this now than watch their console bomb at launch. Their arrogant attitude won’t be forgotten though I’m sure.

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