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Microsoft shifts gears on Xbox One policies, abolishes always-online requirement & more


In a recent post made earlier today on Microsoft’s official Xbox Wire news site, Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, has revealed that the company has shifted their focus regarding the Xbox One’s daunting online-only requirements.

According to Mattrick, Microsoft is responding to the overwhelming dissatisfied feedback from gamers and consumers across the world regarding the Xbox One’s sensitive topics, and is utilizing this feedback in order to “reshape the future of Xbox One”.

Mattrick continues by announcing the changes that will be implemented in Microsoft’s approach with the console, dispelling a few of the more daunting and worrisome restrictions that have plagued the next-gen console since they were confirmed:

“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.” 

–Don Mattrick, Xbox Wire 6/19/2013

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Mattrick also mentions that while Microsoft believes that most gamers will enjoy the inter-connectivity of the Xbox One’s dynamic cloud-based gaming, the company is giving consumers the choice to take their content offline as well–which will no doubt be great news for Xbox fans.

This shift to less restrictive policies is a step forward for Microsoft, as countless news outlets across the world were watching during this years E3 Expo, and most of us didn’t like what we saw. That the company is listening and willing to make changes is something that many might not have expected, but this move was in Microsoft’s own interest as Sony was believed as the winner of the E3 battle with their celebrated press conference.

Although Microsoft is willing to change its stance regarding these heated topics, they still remain firm on their $499 retail price for the Xbox One, and they have no plans to reduce the asking cost.

It will be interesting to see what other changes that Microsoft is willing to make in order to come out on top in the next-gen war, but it seems that many gamers have already made their decision by opting in for Sony’s PlayStation 4 contender.

Perhaps this move will provoke Sony to respond–but Microsoft may have a ways to go before the playing field is leveled out. Even still, Microsoft has taken a step in the right direction by responding to the feedback given in the last few months, and we may see the Xbox One take a different shape when it’s released later this year.

Be sure to head on over to the Xbox Wire news post for the full rundown on the Xbox One’s revised policies and changes, and to hear what Mattrick has to say on the future of the console.

Via Xbox Wire

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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