Microsoft reverses Xbox One DRM policies: Say goodbye to required online check-ins and used game complications on the Xbox One
Microsoft previously said at their E3 2013 press conference, that the Xbox One would have a 24-hour online check-in requirement and they had some complex way of explaining used games on the Xbox One. Today, Microsoft has said they aren't going with those policies that they made, and the company had this to say on the Xbox blog to help explain the situation," 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" as said by Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business of the Xbox division . He also said this:
"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."
Mattrick also says that this is a direct response to gamers' reaction to their policy, and this was also part of his explanation, "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,". Another thing is that he confirmed that Xbox One games will be region-free and that disc-based games will have to be kept inside the disc tray rather than the device ripping them to the hard drive to be able to play game digitally.
This sounds like the gamers won over Xbox and it's all for a better gaming experience on the new Xbox One. And it could also be a way for Microsoft to win back people that may have gone to side with the Sony and the PS4 because they said there is no DRM and you can trade and lend games all you want without any online check-ins.