Microsoft’s Don Mattrick posted an update to the Xbox news wire today that Microsoft has listened to consumer feedback (or backlash); there will be no DRM, as had been announced at E3 last week.
From Mattrick’s own post:
- 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.
A little more buried, but just as significant, he also mentioned that there will be no regional restrictions.
This goes a long way toward addressing many of the complaints people had. Microsoft took a lot of heat after their presentation at E3; the extensive DRM they’d announced was, unsurprisingly, unpopular. They were made to look even worse after Sony’s presentation later the same day, where they showed off their Playstation 4, which was cheaper and far less restrictive.
Interestingly, reaction so far seems to be split among the gaming community. Many people are thrilled, seeing the good in how Microsoft is listening to the gaming public and addressing concerns, while others continue to condemn everything from the original direction the company planned to take, to their motives for announcing these changes today.
While this announcement does address the most serious complaints leveled against Microsoft’s Xbox One, there are still plenty of others, from lack of indie developer support to the price and the bundled Kinect. Do you have any thoughts on the announcement? Do you think it’s likely that this is just the first of several retractions Microsoft will make in the coming weeks, or is this it? Let us know in the comments!