As you may know, there were a lot of problems with the Xbox One, some that would change the way that we would play games in the future including loaning games, 24-hour online checks and playing Used games. These policies gave Sony the upper hand at E3 last week by announcing that they would not be featuring any of these on the PS4. After the explosion of cheers that rocked the convention center, and the backlash caused by the Internet, it seemed Microsoft had to do something to win back it’s fan base.
Today Microsoft announced that they reviewed their policies, and will be removing next to all DRM information from the Xbox One console, including the following list:
- 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
- Authentication is no longer necessary
- 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
As of right now this it is not confirmed if this change was done due to the massive backlash or because of the PS4. However since May the console has been under attack for it’s policies that included only being able to lend games to one person who has been on your friends list for over 30 Days, a lock on Used games that required a fee, and always online Authentication.
With the new information being released from Microsoft, does it make you want to buy the Xbox One? Or has Microsoft lost face with many gamers for even introducing restrictions. Only time will tell as we get closer to launch.