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Microsoft Removes DRM Restrictions and Authentication

Posted by Unknown Thursday, June 20, 2013
Microsoft Released a statement on their website recanting on their previous no DRM policy, the official announcement states:

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

  • 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.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. 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.

These changes see the end to Microsoft's other perks including the alleged family plan which would see upto 9 members, with disc games not needing to be registered, you'd have to bring the disc with you to prove you had the rights to play the game on it.

Microsoft also announced that the region lock on the console is gone, leaving other countries to purchase the system and use it anywhere in the world.

So what do you guys think? Is Microsoft finally doing right by the fans, or is this just a ploy to get people buying into the Xbox One?

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