Following criticism from the press and the public Microsoft has retracted two controversial policies for the Xbox One. The console will no longer need to connect to the internet once every 24 hours and gamers will now be allowed to share, resell and lend their games freely.
The news came from a blog post on the Xbox One’s official website signed by Don Mattrick, the President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.
“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback, “ said Mattrick. “I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. “
Mattrick said Microsoft had heeded the video gaming public’s concerns. “The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world,” he added.
Offline games will not require an offline connection, although it will be required for a one-time system setup procedure, informed Mattrick. “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.”
Finally, Mattrick addressed the thorny issue of reselling, renting and lending disc-based games. “There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360,” he stated.
The announcement of the changes was met positively by users as preorders for the Xbox One have climbed to the top of Amazon’s video game best sellers.
Since Microsoft presented the Xbox One on June 10 at a media event during the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, controversy over the system’s digital rights management (DRM) scheme threatened to overshadow its games, cloud integration and advanced, Kinect-powered voice and motion controls.
To enforce the Xbox One’s DRM program, Microsoft would have required that the console check with its servers at least once a day, drawing the ire of consumers with inconsistent or non-existent broadband access.
After years of being able to freely play and trade game discs—including on Microsoft’s own Xbox and Xbox 360 platforms—video game enthusiasts also balked at company’s new policies regarding used game sales, rentals, and disc lending and trading. Only Microsoft-approved retailers would be able to sell used games, putting a crimp on the secondary games market and largely direct consumer-to-consumer transactions.
The Xbox One is set to go on sale in November for $499. This time around