Microsoft Dropping Used Game Restrictions and Online Check Ins
When Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One would have severe used game restrictions and would require a connection to the internet once every 24 hours, people understandably freaked the fuck out. And for the past month, it sounded like Microsoft wasn’t even listening. But as it turns out, they were.
Don Mattrick, the guy who said that if they wanted to play games offline they should buy a 360, posted an update on Xbox Wire saying that Microsoft is going to drop the restrictions and check ins on the Xbox One. On the check ins Mattrick said…
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.
And for used games…
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.
I think this is a good move on Microsoft’s part. On top of everything else they’ve been saying about the Xbone, these two things have been the biggest sticking points for people looking at the next-gen consoles. Everyone has been up in arms against Microsoft about this. Hell, the Navy even wrote up a huge thing calling it “a sin against all service members.” At least this shows that Microsoft is willing to listen to the people. Also, I find it kinda funny that Mattrick is the guy who wrote this up.
The Xbox One is coming this November for $500.