With E3 2013 in the books, it is safe to say that Microsoft got a little banged up by Sony… OK, saying it’s just a little would be an understatement.
And now, because of the beating Microsoft got during E3, Xbox One is doing a 180 degree turn and reversing its decision. Yes, this could very well be the biggest decision reversal in console history; Microsoft is dropping the Internet check-in requirement and used game restrictions.
According to Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s President for Interactive Entertainment Business, he has heard a lot of feedback from the consumers since E3 and made a decision based on their feedbacks.
For the offline gaming issue, he said “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”.
For used games, he said “There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360”. He then added “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“.
So, with this new decision for the Xbox One, here’s a recap:
– You can now play offline
– There is no more 24-hour internet connection requirement
– All game discs will now work as they do in the Xbox 360
– No more restrictions on used games
-No restrictions in trading and loaning games
– No more regional locks
Since its reveal last May, Xbox One has been through a lot of criticism for their policies on used games as well as the 24-hour internet connection rule. Its rival, PlayStation 4 on the other hand has received a lot of praise since its reveal during E3.
Source: Xbox Wire