As much as this Xbox One U-turn might seem to be a victory for us gamers, we rather predict that the machinations of some of the larger retailers might have had a hand in Microsoft's decision-making too.
Conspiracy theories aside, GameStop and Gamefly have come out singing the praises of Microsoft for their swift change of heart.
"GameStop welcomes today's announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox One," a rep told Polygon, as GameStop's shares rose sharply by 6% in a handful of hours following Microsoft's announcement.
"This is great news for gamers and we applaud Microsoft for understanding consumers and the importance of the pre-owned market."
Sean Spector, the co-founder of game rental service GameFly and SVP of business development and content, also had some kind words for Microsoft.
“I always felt good about the future of GameFly, but I feel better today,” Spector told Joystiq. “Today is a win/win for consumers, as well as GameFly. I think choice is always important and now consumers have more choice. And I give [Microsoft] credit for listening to their consumers.
“I think the original proposal would have been detrimental to lots of people’s [business] systems. Not just GameFly. And, most importantly, gamers. Based on what I’ve read today, which is all I know today, it’s business as usual for Xbox. Their statement is really cut and dry.”