- Microsoft to Pull Complete Reversal on Xbox One DRM Policies
- by Patrick Klepek on June 19, 2013
- Sources indicate Microsoft is going to move away from what's caused the company so much headache.
- The tug-of-war between Microsoft and Sony just got more interesting. Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.
- What does this mean?
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
- It is unclear what caused this huge change in policy right after E3, a week where Microsoft executives spent days explaining, justifying, and talking about its policies to the press. I suspect Microsoft’s official announcement will say something to the effect of “we've been closely listening to consumer feedback.”
- Based on what I’m being told, that’s definitely true.
- I've reached out to Microsoft for comment.
- Microsoft has taken an enormous amount of heat regarding DRM policies with its new console. Sony became consumer heroes at E3, announcing PlayStation 4 would not treat used games differently, and the status quo would reign. The company released this video, twisting the knife:
- Of course, Xbox One is still $499 and PlayStation 4 is still $399. But today moves the needle.
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