Microsoft Reverses Xbox One 24-Hour Online Check, Trade-in Policies

Console's DRM and regional restrictions get the axe in wake of feedback

Well, no matter how you feel like taking this one, Microsoft listened to someone. Whether it was the fans, the actions of Sony, or the echoing slow grind of pre-orders, the company is pulling a reversal on some of its reviled Xbox One DRM restrictions, including the 24-hour online check-in and its disc sharing/trade-in policies.


The update came shortly after reports began circulating, confirming suspected changes to the fundamental way Xbox One will work for consumers. Here are the big, bold bullet points:


  • 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.


Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick also added that "Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions." 


While this also appears to nix some things, such as the 10-person sharing plan, overall it sounds like a solid victory for those opposed to the way Microsoft was handling things with Xbox One on the consumer end. It also makes things significantly more interesting when it comes to competing against Sony, who made waves by simply not changing its existing policies.


We'll see how it all turns out over the coming months. With such a quick turnaround on this, who knows what could happen in the future. 



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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