Great news for Xbox fans! According to a post on the official Xbox blog made by Don Mattrick (President, Interactive Entertainment Business) over at Microsoft, Xbox One DRM and always-online policy will be dropped!
Xbox fans worldwide have expressed their frustration and anger regarding the Xbox One’s games DRM that does not allow used games i.e. you could not lend/trade/sell your old Xbox One games. To add more fuel to the fire, the Xbox One was initially announced as a “must be online to play any game” system, which forced a lot of Xbox fans to consider getting the Playstation 4.
However, things have changed now and the Xbox One will come with region-free games that will work on any Xbox One console as well as the ability to play used games. Also, the only time the Xbox One requires to be online is during the initial setup, then you can do whatever you want with it offline. Here are the exact words from the official Xbox blog:
- “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.” – Don Mattrick
Not bad, eh? So tell me guys, Xbox One or Playstation 4?