Microsoft Retract Xbox One DRM And Used Games Policy
Written by Jesus Duran on 20 June 2013 at 08:24

With the announcement of the Xbox One and it's strict policies, gamers across the globe quickly and loudly expressed their disapproval.

Microsoft has backtracked, removing many of the abhorred "features", and published on the official Xbox site an article stating how our feedback is important, and that they listened to our backlash...

The New And Improved Xbox One

This week, even the Navy Marines complained about the internet check every 24 hours, stating it prevents people without a steady connection or downright no access to internet from gaming with the Xbox One. Then, reports about Steam allowing games to be borrowed arose, which will be a large change for the monolith of PC gaming.

Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business president, Don Mattrick, has now publicly announced that there will be no more online requirement for offline games, and that there will be no restrictions on reselling or lending physical games. On top of that, the region restrictions also seem to be a dropped idea; instead, Xbox One games will be playable anywhere, at any time, regardless of where you live, and that it'll work much like the Xbox 360 disc in a tray.

With the exception of the first day installation of the Xbox One, an internet connection being completely optional is a very positive change, allowing the Navy to enjoy their Xbox gaming overseas. Now, Xbox lovers won't need to buy an Xbox 360 if they have no access to an internet connection, like Mattrick himself suggested last week.

It's still not clear if the first time setup must be done in one of the 21 supported countries first, before being moved elsewhere - but it won't take long for pre-activated consoles to appear on the market if that's the case.

So, what a change of direction! This leaves both consoles on a much more level footing, with the PS4 having the price advantage and a bit more power in its hardware, while Microsoft still have the Kinect 2.0 bundled in and some strong exclusives.

Do you think this makes the Xbox One competitive now? Are you regaining some lost love for Microsoft? We know that Microsoft loves feedback, so why not provide some of it down below in the comment section, and let the debating begin!

 

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Maq123
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back on track!! huh .. gear up for the ultimate showdown

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I will not forgive MS for this. They only changed their minds because legions of gamers defected to the PS4.

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Very true.

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Good news. But Im still getting PS4.

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with that monster id rather stay with pc….

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PS4 is a must buy for me. Becouse Kingdom Hearts III. Cant pass that game :D

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meh never heard of it

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You rly mean it? Its one of the best PS2 tittles ever made :D If you can get your hands on it I would recommend buying it. And if you have PS3 the HD collection is on its way.

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kingdom hearts was the first game i bought for my sister, and i believe one of the only rpg's she has played outside of the Zelda series of games. she loved kingdom hearts, but that was so long ago.

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I will never go for microsoft after what they were going to do.
If there wouldn't be other consoles around, "**box" would be reality.
I don't understand people who forgive so easily a company who tried to take away a big chunk of their freedom.
Down with microsoft!

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still not worth it with 100$ more than the PS4 and having lower specs.

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Now i would call this Xbox One-80!(If you know what i mean). btw release dates are still unchanged so no xbox in asia until 2014.

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It's as if Microsoft was playing a game of chess with Sony, Sony let Microsoft made the first move then Sony hit back with their "Sharing" video, then Microsoft just hit back with this blow. All in all i never lost hope in Microsoft. :)

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That troll move shouldn't have been played, Microsoft. Look what you've done.
It's Like killing someone and when the trials start and you're almost found guilty, you show that the guy is alive. Not a good move.

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Nice trolling Don. :D

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Unexpected I have to say, but I'm not impressed yet.

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