Microsoft U-turns on Xbox One DRM, region locks

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Microsoft have reversed their Xbox One policies regarding online connectivity and used game sharing, citing “feedback from the Xbox community.”

In a Q&A blog post on Xbox Wire, since deleted [update: it’s back!], a number of drastic policy changes are detailed, including the complete removal of online checks and region locking.

“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.”

Region locked games have also been put to the sword – potentially good news for Poland, which among other countries, may now at least be able to import the console.

The used game changes do mean that the disc must be in the console to play, regardless of it being installed on the hard drive. Download games will not be able to be shared or resold.

These details represent a huge shift from Microsoft, following what many saw as a disastrous E3 press conference. Its reputation has recovered somewhat since then, though, and this move puts the two consoles on fairly even footing.

We’ll bring you more details when we get them.


[Update: activating these offline capabilities will require you to connect once, for a patch. Hopefully it’s not as big as the Wii U’s was on day one.]


Header image from IGN.




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