I’m not going to make this a long article as I’m sure you’ve all heard about it already, but a proper article was needed!
Microsoft has made one of the most dramatic reversals in console history as it drops the DRM and used game restrictions after an Internet outcry occurred with gamers showing their disgust with such policies being implemented. Announced by a statement on the Xbox website, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, explained how the company had listened to ‘candid feedback’ received by gamers.
You can find a full list of summarised changes below:
Furthermore, Microsoft have announced that all Xbox One games will be available for download on release date from the Xbox Live 'Games on Demand' section. This is a huge sigh of relief to those Xbox 360 users who've had to put up with the current inconstant service, with games not available for download sometimes month after the physical release - or sometimes not at all!
- 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
- Authentication is no longer necessary
- 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
Although Microsoft claim they've taken onboard 'customer feedback,' many people believe these changes come after Microsoft received heavy criticism from Sony during E3, who bragged about their own PlayStation 4 policies. Furthermore, some people believe that the pre-order sale statistics have a major role in why these restrictions are being lifted, with Microsoft down by 35,000 sales at 45,000 compared to Sony's 75,000.
Either way, it's good to see that Microsoft have made a change to a system that for most looks simply preposterous. What do you think? Are these changes too little too late? Let us know in the comments below.