The new code will cost as much as the original game and consoles will have to be connected to the internet to authorize their purchase.
The new code will cost as much as the original game and consoles will have to be connected to the internet to authorize their purchase. Independent News & Media

Microsoft relents to customer feedback and drops DRM

MICROSOFT has relented on its Xbox One DRM policy in response to furious customer backlash ahead of the console's release. 

Xbox fans who had been used to being able to trade or resell their old games were left fuming at Microsoft's plans to lock games to an individual user with almost no ability to trade. 

In a blog released this morning, Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment outlined the changes:

  • 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. 

While the reversal on DRM may be seen as a win for Xbox fans, it is now highly unlikely that Microsoft will be able to offer the significant price cuts on games that were likely under the previous model. 


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