Microsoft pulls a 180 – reverses DRM policies on Xbox One


Following Microsoft’s utter embarrassment at E3 following Sony’s conference, the company seems to have pulled a complete 180 on its proposed policies for DRM (digital rights management).

In the following statement, Don Mattrick, the President and CEO of Microsoft, outlined the following changes that will come with the Xbox One’s new proposed policy changes:

  • 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.

These changes are a short step in the right direction for Microsoft as they must’ve realized they were pushing away a tremendous amount of their supporters and core-gamers and sending them straight to Sony.

So do these proposed changes mean that Microsoft is down, but not out? It’s still early to tell, but I think Microsoft has a long way to go from here in terms of winning the respect of its fans back.

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