Microsoft updates Xbox One online requirements, 24 hour check gone, trading and borrowing safe
Well, we just ran the rumor that Microsoft may be walking back some of the DRM associated with the Xbox One console, but we didn't quite expect things to be confirmed quite so quickly. Microsoft has posted a statement saying that some aspects of the system have been adjusted, likely due to the overwhelmingly negative feedback from fans.
This is what the Xbox One policy site states, as of now:
Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest.
There is an update link that goes nowhere, slowly, so we don't know exactly what those changes are yet, but any change would be good news, right? We'll update when we have more information.
Okay, here is the skinny:
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.
The 24-hour connection requirement has been scuttled, Microsoft is fighting back by matching Sony's promises, and the race just got much more interesting. “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,” Microsoft's Don Mattrick wrote. “I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.”
Well, that's good news. Here's an interesting now, it sounds like the 10-person sharing plan has also been nixed, but we'll reach out for confirmation. “We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games,” the statement said. “We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.” They “imagined” that? Is that not something they can deliver without the 24-hour checks?
Apparently not. “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,” Microsoft said. “Also, similar to today, playing disc-based games will require that the disc be in the tray.” Yuck.
Okay, how good is this news? Is it worth giving up the sharing plan?