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Microsoft to drop Xbox One DRM, region locking

3:37 PM on 06.19.2013

Jordan Devore

Managing Editor

Changes come 'as a result of feedback from the Xbox community'


[Update: It's true. Microsoft has reversed its policies. There's only a one-time system setup that requires an Internet connection -- no daily check-ins. Discs work like they have in the past -- they'll need to be in your console's tray -- so trade-ins aren't going to change. Also, no regional restrictions. Best part? The update was written by Microsoft's Don Mattrick.]

After what already feels like an eternity of warranted criticism over Microsoft's mandatory online check-ins for Xbox One and other related DRM policies, the company has seemingly taken the backlash to heart. The always-online requirement has been dropped, meaning users won't have to check in daily and game discs will function as they do currently, reports Giant Bomb. Sources tell the outlet that the new polices will result in the following:

  • 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

The official Xbox website's FAQ for Xbox One has been updated today stating that "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." At the time of publication, the link is unavailable. We'll know what's been changed soon enough.

I was so convinced that Microsoft was committed, that it had the infrastructure in place and wouldn't turn back no matter how much heat it took. It feels so great to be wrong.


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