Microsoft Revoking Online DRM

After an unbelievable backlash from almost every single gamer that has watched or been to E3, Microsoft have admitted their mistake and are now actively trying to correct their mistake, Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment of Microsoft had the following to say:

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

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.

So, 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.

This comes as a shock to me personally since from the myriad of responses Microsoft have given over these past few weeks, they were pretty stubborn over their periodic online check in, pre-owned games weird resale methods, and everything in between. But I do have to say, Microsoft have re-earned my respect for backtracking that way and righting their wrongs. It’s not everyday you see a big company like that make a 180 degree turn – regardless of the fact that they were about to be crushed by Sony – and change their policies that way even before the console launches.

The most welcomed change in these restrictions though is the region locking, according to that statement made by Don Mattrick, Xbox One will no longer activate only in the 21 countries stated on the Xbox One page, but other countries will be able to enjoy it too.

The only drawback so far for the Xbox One will be the higher price tag, but with all these restrictions removed, I’m personally finding it a bit more justified now.

Let us know if what Microsoft just did will convince you to buy an Xbox One or not.


2 thoughts on “Microsoft Revoking Online DRM

  1. No, I have made my decision. I don’t like MS, I don’t need their box, and I have been entirely insulted. Enough is enough: they have lost me as a customer, and I have many friends who feel the same. They – really – messed – up, we are all finally realizing that this arrogance is SOP for MS. (Look at their mailing address, for crying out loud – “One Microsoft Way”. I am not making this arrogance up!) — Good riddance, MS.

    • There is no denying how arrogant Microsoft were, especially when they came up with the whole “If you don’t want to connect periodically, we have a product for that, it’s called a 360”. That was downright rude. But truth be told I did respect them for going back on what they’ve said, it sort of takes guts to do that.

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