It seems the decision makers at Microsoft have finally stopped watching TV to notice the memo that arrived months ago when speculation that their DRM plans (Digital Rights Management) would see a restriction on the resale and exchange of games.
Microsoft has recently announced that their Xbox One will come with no restrictions on using second-handed games or traded games. On top of this, games will not be region locked as initially planned. They have also stated that consoles will not have to check in with Xbox HQ once a day. You will however still need an internet connection to set up the console once you get it out of that Argos bag. After that, you can do just about anything you want with it (within reason).
Here is what Microsoft had to say.
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.
If we are totally honest, Microsoft are playing catch up in a race that hasn’t even started. Sony’s Playstation 4 has taken off down the 100m straight like Usain Bolt thanks to a flawless E3 launch. The greatest thing about going second is that you can raise the bar and Sony did this well. In the early rounds of gossip and leaked photos, Microsoft seemed to had taken the lead. No official pictures from Sony left us thinking if they were still working on it. Then came #XboxReveal.
The public was slightly impressed by some of the improvements to the Xbox experience but left scratching their heads over Microsoft’s DRM plans which could only be described as suicidal. Let’s not even mention the price difference. Take a look and see who you think will be crossing the winning line.