After much backlash from the community and during the thunderous cheers during the Sony E3 2013 press conference it only seemed like a matter of time.
Giantbomb broke the news first (giantbomb article) and has since gone viral, crashing the site. Here’s a screenshot and excerpt from the website.
“Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.
What does this mean?
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
It is unclear what caused this huge change in policy right after E3…”
Microsoft themselves has confirmed that policies have been updated.
“Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest.“
Here http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa is the list of policies as they were before today, but be sure to monitor this page http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update when Microsoft reveals the changes which are scheduled to happen sometime today (June 19th, 2013)
I’ll try and keep you all updated on the changes!
– Chief Landless