Microsoft has announced an almost full reversal of the controversial digital rights management features built into the Xbox One. The console, launching later this year, will no longer require an online connection, or need to ping the Microsoft servers every 24 hours to hang on to life. It will also now play discs like any regular console and no longer place restrictions on trading games. There will also be no regional restrictions.
“The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold,” said Xbox division president Don Mattrick. “Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”
Microsoft previously addressed concerns about Kinect’s always-on, always-listening monitoring of your living room.
Why the reversal? Um, if you payed attention to E3 last week, you observed one of thegreatest pummelings in industry history. Sony’s PlayStation 4 presented itself as the other side of the coin to Microsoft’s restrictions and stole the show.