Microsoft Backtracks on Xbox One Always Online and Used Game Policies
Following extremely negative feedback after E3, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business President, Don Mattrick, has posted an update on the company's official Xbox news blog, Xbox Wire, stating that the Xbox One will no longer require an always on internet connection, nor will there be any limitations to trading or sharing used games:
- 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 attempted to defend Microsoft's previous policies by saying, "We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future." However, public opinion seemed to side with the belief that the policies were in place to enforce DRM and, as such, reception has been overwhelmingly negative.
The Xbox One's always on campaign hasn't been helped by gaffs such as Mattrick's own media interview in which he suggested that anyone without Internet should stick to the Xbox 360:
Source: Xbox Wire