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June 19, 2013 / CoffeeCoder

Microsoft Reverses Policies on DRM and Internet Requirements

In a surprise move earlier today, Microsoft released a statement on the Xbox One detailing their plans to pull a 180-degree turn and reverse their controversial policies for the system.  After the backlash since the original unveiling event of the seemingly ill-fated system, not to mention their failures at E3 earlier this month, it would seem Don Mattrick has had a change of heart.  Quote:

“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.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.” – Don Mattrick, Xbox Wire

You can read the whole thing over here, but here’s a recap!

  • No Internet Connectivity required after first-time console setup (which is reasonable!)
  • No always-on DRM or any sort of DRM
  • You can buy, sell, trade, lend and play used games, without any restrictions, just like on Xbox 360.

Kudos to Microsoft for listening to their customers!

I still think I’m going to get the PS4 first, but eventually an Xbox One will make it into my house!


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