Well, it looks like Microsoft has finally listened to all the flak and negative feedback they’ve justifiably been getting from their draconian DRM practices; rightfully so as direct competitor Sony isn’t participating in anything even remotely similar with what they were trying to do, going as far as to mock Microsoft’s always-online and anti-used games policies. In a blog post written by Microsoft’s head of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick, he essentially confirmed that they are rescinding their controversial DRM practices on the Xbox One. To summarize all the changes, Microsoft will make the following policy changes:
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- Authentication is no longer necessary
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
This change in direction is bound to make a lot of you folks happy (particularly the bit about region locks being dropped), but with the Xbox One still being $100 more expensive than thePS4, as well as the company’s bewildering focus on sports/TV and Kinect compatibility will this be enough to sway overall consumer favor back to their court?
Ed. Note: In an attempt to fit this in to our 7AM news slot, this post’s status has shifted rapidly from developing, to breaking, to confirmed.