In a spectacular U-turn, it appears that Microsoft have backtracked on their draconian requirement for the Xbox One to connect to the internet every 24 hours, and on their confusing approach to the issue of used games.
"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," wrote Don 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.
"You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. 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."
Microsoft has come under fire for attempting to restrict the extent to which gamers might share the games they bought for the upcoming Xbox One, announcing mandatory installs, and effectively rendering the disc useless.
Now, however, it looks as if the Redmond company are making an about turn as Mattrick delivered the following two changes to their policies:
- 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.
After Sony took the initiative to score easy points at E3 by going after Microsoft's seemingly anti-consumer policies, it looks as though the latter has made the most of that "ll policies subject to change" fie print.
"We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity," wrote Mattrick. "While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds."
Thoughts? [Xbox Wire]