Microsoft Reverses DRM Policies On The Xbox One: All You Need To Know


Earlier this month after E3, Microsoft revealed details about its game lending policy and 24-hour offline limit on the Xbox One. This caused a stir among long-time Xbox fans and the feedback began flooding in through out the E3 week. Microsoft has changed its policies regarding Xbox One’s internet requirements, used game restrictions and more for customer satisfaction.

 Firstly, Xbox One will not need an internet connection to play offline games or need to check in every 24 hours; instead, internet will only be required when initially setting up the console. When setting up the console, users will download the Day One update after which all changes in the policy will be applied. “There was always going to be a day one update on the console, and that’s frankly just a difference in manufacturing schedules versus software schedules, we just wanted to be clear that that hasn’t changed, that you have to go online to get the software update for day one, then you wouldn’t have to be connected after that.” Marc Whitten told to IGN in an exclusive statement. Marc Whitten is the Xbox One chief product officer.

Next, to play games, similar to the current Xbox 360, the game-disc must be in the tray. The game will be installed to the console before playing but will require the game disc to be present before it starts.

There are no longer restrictions on used games. Games can be exchanged just like they can be right now on the Xbox 360. There will be no additional restrictions for trade-ins or lending games to friends. The system is also no longer be region locked and all downloaded games will function the same way whether your console is connected or not.

Xbox One games will be available for download from the online store and retail stores from day one as planned. Microsoft’s decision comes as a result of feedback as Microsoft’s Don Mattrick wrote ”Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, 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.” The full update can be found here.

Despite it’s $100 extra bulk over Sony’s $399 Playstation 4, will these policy changes affect your decisions of which next-gen console to buy? Leave your comments below.

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  • esq

    aint nobody buying that xbox b lol