Update: this has been confirmed. Click here for full details.
The Xbox One has seen little but negative response in relation to the console’s restrictive DRM (digital rights management) and the fact that it needs to check in daily with Microsoft. People aren’t particularly happy with the way they can’t easily trade or rent games either.
Well, according to one site, that’s all about to change.
Is What HiFi? a trusted source of gaming news? I’m not sure, but they seem pretty confident: the site is claiming that Microsoft are about to do a 180 on some of the DRM rules, including the “always online” 24-hour issue.
“Microsoft is set to announce it will remove DRM restrictions on Xbox One games and the need for you to have the new Xbox always online,” it says.
“Sources tell whathifi.com that Microsoft is set to announce the changes later today, with games developers being informed first. It seems Microsoft has listened and is set to change its mind on both DRM on Xbox One games and the always online requirement.”
Microsoft previously said they wouldn’t change a thing with the Xbox One.
Gaming site GiantBomb has also added fuel to this fire – they say there’s no longer an always on requirement, all game disks will work on One as they do on 360, there’s no need for online authentication for each game and rental restrictions have been dropped.
Apparently there’s also no region locks.
Sony made a big deal of the PlayStation 4’s DRM being similar to that of the PS3, which saw a huge amount of applause during their pre-E3 conference last week because it meant users could rent and trade games without any fuss, although that’s apparently publisher dependent.