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Microsoft Drops Restrictive Xbox One Policies In Wake Of Negative Response

Holy crap, it worked.

This is amazing news. After revealing the Xbox One and its horribe anti-consumer policies regarding the restricting of used games sales, loaning games to friends unless they’re in your “Family”, and requiring an Internet connection so the console can “check in” with Microsoft every 24 hours lest your console be rendered unable to play games — Microsoft has decided to tweak their stance on all of the above. More after the break.

Earlier today, on their website, Microsoft teased that their previously announced policies are “no longer accurate,” and that “As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One.”

Now, they’ve confirmed it.

In an update on their website, Microsoft said the following:

“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.”

Awesome. So no more required Internet connection after a one-time set-up and now we can do what we want with the games we buy. But that’s not all…

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.

It’s a big step, and while there’s still plenty wrong with the Xbox One, I think I smell a victory. Party at my place?

During E3 week, I posted a few polls gauging your interest in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. An overwhelming majority of you seem to have migrated to the PlayStation 4 following Microsoft’s restrictive policies. So, now that Microsoft has pulled a complete reversal and removed said anti-consumer policies, will you be dropping $499 on an Xbox One?

Will You Be Getting An Xbox One?

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  • Nothing333

    Was getting one anyway due to the exclusives but MS did the right thing here to remain competitive and viable. Thank god they saw the light.

  • REmake

    I think the damage has been done already. This news isn’t going to spread very fast or well. Fanboys will still get an Xbox One, but on a whole people are largely turned off by the console. It’s like BP apologizing for the oil spill.

    • Ravinus

      What source are you citing for your assertion that “on a whole people are largely turned off by the console”?

      • REmake

        Facebook fan pages of Xbox and every retailer that is offering pre-orders, the gaming community at my university, gamefaqs forums, general internet uproar over the past weeks.

        • Adam Dodd

          I’d also like to add to that every poll on the Internet. Amazon recently held a poll on their FB where the PS4 dominated the Xbox One, 38k votes to 3k. Even here on BD, in every poll I posted last week opinion on the Xbox One has been overwhelmingly negative (including the one you see above).

          • wildgator25

            But honestly speaking, it was not the system, nor the games that gave PS4 the advantage. It was price-point and this DRM issue. If MS were to drop the price by $100 on top of dropping the restrictions (which ain’t happening), the damn internet would blow up! Newly formed PS4 fanboys wouldn’t know what to do since their only argument would be that you don’t have to pay for service to watch Netflix. Damn, my phone, Roku, PC, Nexus 7, and Laptop can play Netflix if I wanted to. If you are that insane that you are buying the PS4 to watch Netflix then you are indeed the fanniest of fanboys. (Not talking about you Adam)

  • Laugh Riot

    I might pick one up but I’ll hold off until they release a updated console Xbox Slim One lol

    Maybe they should just name the systems Xbox Sith and PS Jedi 🙂 .

  • undertaker78

    Sorry but the damage has been done. Microsoft has not changed its mind to be consumer friendly and because they’ve realized they were greedy, invasive pigs. They’re simply trying to do damage control to prevent a financial catastrophe. It’s still all about the money.

    If they can take away all those restrictions so quickly, then what prevents them from adding them in the near future? No thanks! Your intentions were mighty loud and clear. You’ve made your bed and now you must lie in it. You’ve lost me as a fan/customer and will no longer be supporting your business.

  • Joe-Banger

    Im with undertaker78! I could’nt afford one any way though so Im glad and extatic that they are losing business and X-box sucks and long live Sony’s Play Station systems!

  • Nothing333

    I think it’s funny that Sony has so much goodwill. I just picked up The Last Of Us this weekend and it came with DRM better known as “online pass”. Remember the removal of Linux? 699 US dollars so PS fans should get a second job to pay for it? Anyone remember? Anyone?

    • Adam Dodd

      Agreed, online passes are rubbish. As for the rest, I think Sony’s learned from their (admittedly huge) mistakes back in ’05. That’s why their console is cheaper, void of any anti-consumer restrictions (at least with first party titles) and focuses on the games, rather than TV.

      • Nothing333

        I agree they have learned. But both companies have there share of mistakes. Personally I’m here for games and both companies have proven they can handle that task.

  • Ashleigh

    with the money that these two are gong to cost i think i would rather stick to my PS£ for a year and buy myself a gaming PC a lot less hassle and with that i just plug in and play. How a games console should be

    • I saved up a grand and built a nice rig, I play it more than my consoles now

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i’ve hated microsoft for a long time now. way before this xbox one stuff. never bought an xbox and never will. that said, i kind of have to agree with undertaker78 here about microsoft only doing this because of the money and not for their consumers. mostly because of the timing of the whole thing. they must’ve heard the backlash from all the rumors that were happening before the console was even unveiled (and most of the rumors turned out to be true) and didn’t change anything. then they unveil it and there’s a huge outcry from their consumers and they still don’t change anything. but now that the pre-order sales show that sony is selling way more then them that they’re changing stuff? the outcries over the last few months wasn’t enough? they had to see it effect their sales before they changed it?

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      but i really don’t care what people play so long as they’re happy with it. i’m just glad microsoft realized that they can’t get away with trying to fuck over their fans like that. but i doubt this will be an “eye-opening experience” for them

      • Adam Dodd

        It was definitely Sony who forced this decision, moreso than it was the outcry of the Internet. The PS4 is their biggest competitor so to remain relevant, MS had to make some changes.

  • sweet, was already picking 1 up but this means I dont have to feel like im giving money to an evil corporate entity just in it for the money….. waitasecond!

  • Mr.Mirage

    I have a 360. Eventually, as they all do, it will die. That will be that. No more.

    • Adam Dodd

      You just made me realize how mortal we all are. Thanks.

  • Sirengx

    Honestly, I think it’s too late. The damage has been done and they’re just doing it because of sales, publicity and shit. It’s ridiculous.

    Idk, I’m happy with our PS4 purchase. My husband and I sold one 360 and our whole collection of games for $500 at Gamestop. Paid the PS4 off completely and even the gamestop rep said he’s disappointed in Microsoft and he was a massive fanboy.

  • divisionbell

    Too late after the insulting remark of “get a 360 if you can’t be online”. PS4 it is.

  • shelly84

    lol i wonder what that silly fanboy that wrote a lot of bs earlier here (one of the first postings (in the ps4x xbox comments) will say now….

    • wildgator25

      If you are referring to me as the “silly fanboy”, then please read what the “silly fanboy” had to say in the referenced article…

      “That means sometimes what looks good on paper and sounds good when you talk about it to a few people doesn’t mean the masses will like it. This current situation is a perfect example.

      But like I posted in the other article about PS4, wait and see before you take everything at face value. For all we know, this could have been a ploy to see how people would react.”

  • wildgator25

    Hey, I brought the beer….. oh I’m sorry, am I late for the party?

    I dare any shit talkers to say they are getting an Xbox One now.

    Dare you

    Go ahead

    Cancel that PS4 pre-order, see what happens.


    Welcome to Team Xbox!

    • wildgator25

      And for those who can’t understand sarcasm, the above is an example. I don’t mean any harm to the shit talkers and am not suggesting anyone on this site is one.

  • Milk

    I still won’t be buying one. All the BS they tried to pull is sticking with me now. I

  • ThunderDragoon

    The damage is done. That’s like somebody setting fire to your house and the next day they say, “Let’s go out for coffee.” Ain’t gonna happen, Microsoft. Nice try, though.

    • Adam Dodd

      So, uh, ThunderDragoon… I sorta set your house on fire… but… wanna go for coffee? 😉

      • ThunderDragoon

        Okay, but only because you’re not a Microsoft employee lol.

  • SlothyPunk

    I guess it’s a step in the right direction. I’m probably still going to get a PS4 though. I prefer their exclusives anyway. Here’s hoping we’ll see a new Uncharted or God of War some time next year!

    To be perfectly honest, I’m pretty much only excited for Dragon Age 3. None of the other titles announced so far have had that much of an effect on me.

  • MildaNee16

    uptil I saw the check four $7872, I be certain that my neighbours mother was like they say really earning money part-time at there computar.. there great aunt started doing this for only 13 months and recently cleared the morgage on their house and bourt a gorgeous Citroλn DS. read more at, wwwBOW6COM

  • Belial

    I honestly can’t understand why everyone was complaining about the original policies Microsoft had in mind. The way I saw it is that they were looking to the future by dropping the disc format and focusing more so on digital. Time and time again I have heard that they had some sort of “Family” feature that would have allowed people to “share” their games in full, but still people didn’t read between the lines. Then they mentioned having to be online 24/7 and again people complained, yet aren’t most of us connected to the internet using let’s say broadband which is always on? Another thing mentioned was their $500 charge and if memory serves me right their 360 was $400 and Sony’s PS3 was $600 (full model launches), so what’s the big deal? I’m sure everyone expected the new age systems to be a lot more expensive than that. (Side note: In 1990 Neo Geo’s AES system sold for $650 and their games sold for about $200 each brand new)

    I like how everyone is so excited about them making these changes, but the way I see it is that instead of taking a step forward they are now going backwards. These changes will happen inevitably and other companies will follow including Sony because you can’t stay in the Stone Age forever. No one likes change and I get that, but it happens and people will either accept it or just stick to their old consoles and emulators.

    P.S. If you consider yourself a true “Gamer” then make it your duty to purchase whatever consoles may be out there. It’s not that hard to save a few bucks here and there if you want something bad enough.

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