Xbox One to no longer require Internet connection - Microsoft backpedals on DRM policies
UPDATE: Microsoft confirmed the changes to the Xbox One's policies in an Xbox Live blog post called "Your Feedback Matters -- Update on Xbox One." In addition to the changes to the Internet connectivity requirement written about below, Don Mattrick writes, "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 post also says that the Xbox One won't be region locked and that downloaded games will not be sharable.
"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," the blog post concludes. "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."
Zap2it's original story continues below:
If this latest Xbox One rumor is true, it will be a massive victory for gamers. It is being reported that Microsoft is planning on backpedaling on its controversial new DRM rules that require the new Xbox console to connect to the internet at least once every 24 hours.
According to Giant Bomb's sources, Microsoft will reveal its new policies as soon as today. The biggest change will be the requirement for Xbox One owners to check in online once every 24 hours. There reportedly will still be a requirement to connect to the Internet for the console's initial setup. Games will play the same way they do on the Xbox 360.
This is a big change from the policies Microsoft debuted with the announcement of the Xbox One and stuck with through E3. As recently as last week, Microsoft's Don Mattrick told GameTrailers that users complaining about the Xbox One's always-online requirement should stick with the Xbox 360. His exact words? "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360."
Needless to say, this comment and Microsoft's exclusive DRM policies have angered many fans. Sony made sure to jump on Microsoft's gaffe by mocking the company during its press conference and in an online video. Because of Microsoft's policies, many deemed the PS4 to have won the 2013 console war.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft backpedals on its region locking policy as well. Between the always-online requirement and the region locking, Microsoft alienated the majority of America's overseas military from using the Xbox One. The Navy Times called this "a sin against all service members."
"Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military. And not just the U.S. military -- the militaries of the entire world," naval aviator Jay Johnson tells the outlet.
Many assumed Microsoft would stick by its controversial policies, so if this rumor ends up being true it's a big surprise for the gaming industry. It also will level the playing field between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 as both consoles' release dates loom ever closer.