Rumors were flying around today that Microsoft was going to backpedal and announce revisions to their Xbox One DRM policy later today. First reported by WhatHiFi.com and then Giant Bomb, the changes are to be as follows:
- Always online requirement will be dropped.
- 24-hour check ins will be dropped, meaning online authentication of games will no longer be necessary.
- All game discs will work on the Xbox One just as it did on the Xbox 360.
- All downloadable Xbox One games will be available both online and offline.
- An internet connection will be required to set up the Xbox One.
- Restrictions with trading or loaning games will be removed.
- Region locks will be removed.
A link from the original Xbox One DRM FAQ on Xbox News from several weeks ago link to an article that, as of this writing, is not live yet. The following text was added to said post as well as the link to the update.
Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest.
Update: Here’s an excerpt from the page, written by Don Mattrick himself, which just went live a few seconds ago.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
To be perfectly clear, the Xbox One still remains at $499 as announced and the Kinect functionality remains as outlined in the weeks prior. We have a speculative article positing as to how Microsoft found themselves in the position they’re in for their next generation hardware here for those interested.
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