After PS4 Showdown, Microsoft Comes Up With New Policy Changes

Microsoft has came up with “certain policy changes” related to its DRM control with Xbox One, such as 24-hour check-ins, “no limitations” to using and sharing disc-based games, and more.

After a cold response from Gamer Community regarding the Xbox One Gaming policies, & grab a deal offer posted by upcoming PS4 by Sony, Microsoft came up with much anticipated changes pertaining to its Xbox One policies this afternoon:

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Always Online Internet is not required now 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, like we did on Xbox 360.

Limitations on using and sharing games has been revoked . Now users can easily trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games. In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, games can also be downloaded from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline. Regional restrictions have also been taken care, now take your One wherever you want !!! Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold.

Microsoft’s DRM were in the works for quite some time according to Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten.

This change has been welcomed by major gaming retail chain GameStop, GameFly, which makes a significant portion of its revenue from the used games market.

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President of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, Don Mattrick said in a statement, that firm took into consideration all the feedback it has received on its Xbox One policies, which helped in reshaping “the future of Xbox One.”

“Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience,” reads the statement from Mattrick.

“For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

“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. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

“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. 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.

“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.”

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