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?