Microsoft Resigns Xbox One DRM/Always Online Requirements


Did this seriously just happen? I mean really? Hold on; I need to double check…yup! It’s a thing!

That’s right: Microsoft have ditched their always online policy for their Xbox One console after hearing feedback. This effectively means that Microsoft will resign the Xbox One’s DRM policies of used games and for the console requiring mandatory access to the internet every 24 hours.

CVG have an ongoing report at the time of writing on the matter and apparently Microsoft have yet to issue out full details on this change. However they have confirmed that “as a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One.

After browsing through my Twitter feed to see if there any leads on this story, I found a link to an official update on the Xbox One console.

Don Mattrick (Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business) wrote the update earlier on today, but apparently it has been updating since. The current edit of the post confirms that “an internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games” and that gamers can “trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today.” Additionally, there won’t be any region locks on Xbox One games either. However, digital content cannot be shared or resold.

I genuinely uploaded when I read this – no joke. Is it too little too late, however? Maybe…but that outcome will probably follow up in the coming days. I’ll be honest: I’m happy Microsoft have come to their senses and made this decision. I’m still going to buy a PlayStation 4 but at least now know the Xbox One is an option for me.

I will leave the post below in full for gamers to read for themselves.

“Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

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. 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.

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.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.”


What do you think of Microsoft changing the Xbox One’s DRM policies? Let us know in the comments!

Chirps to CVG and Xbox Wire. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!

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