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Old June 19 2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

Not confirmed yet, but Microsoft updated their FAQ page and many sites are basically confirming that the news is real.

Talk about a massive backpedal. I think I'm still sticking to my guns and getting a PS4 though.

Confirmed:
http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

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.
They must be so damned worried. So much for the infinite power of the cloud.
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Old June 19 2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

Now it's confirmed http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update
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Old June 19 2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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I guess they realized they were going to get their shit pounded, sales-wise, in November if they didn't change course once Sony completely smoked them at E3.

Seriously, the only thing missing from that presentation was a mic drop.
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Old June 19 2013, 10:12 PM   #4
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

They really didn't have much of a choice. It was a disaster...
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Old June 19 2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One



I must admit, I'm a little surprised. After Sony's conference, I expected they'd wait a month and announce some concessions, but a complete reversal only a week after E3? I guess that shows just how spooked they are by the preorder numbers they're privy to.

Overall, I think this is great news for the industry, but I am a little bummed that they appear to be abandoning the plan to share downloaded games with friends. The industry is moving toward digital distribution over the long term and I'd like for some way to transfer licences to be included in that future.

I'm tentatively sticking with my plan to get a PS4, but I'll see how things pan out over the coming months before making a decision.
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Old June 19 2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

Good that they changed their minds but they have only done it due to $$$ and not out of any moral sense or just common sense. Also with PS4 being cheaper and the fact Sony never tried to fuck us, am sticking with the PS4 but I will get an XBox One probably hoilday 2014 when Halo 5 comes out.
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Old June 19 2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Smart move by Microsoft, but I'm still getting a PS4. The only thing that's changed now is that I might get an Xbox One at some point in the future, depending on price drops and whether or not their exclusives can match Sony's (which, based on this generation, I highly doubt). The only game announced for XB1 that genuinely interests me right now is Titanfall, and that's not a permanent exclusive; it'll be on PS4 eventually.
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Old June 20 2013, 12:24 AM   #8
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

And this is how listening can benefit everyone. They should have done this from the onset, but good on them for changing their minds.
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Old June 20 2013, 12:29 AM   #9
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

In the quite words of Captain Harriman:

Full power reverse!!!!
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Old June 20 2013, 01:00 AM   #10
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Re: Microsoft planning complete reversal of DRM policy for Xbox One

Now all we got left is the mandatory Kinect and it's always on, and of course that higher price point.

Still not touching it though, i simply dont trust MS to at some time in the futute try to impliment this again once people have invested in the X1 and have it in their homes, and do they really think we are so stupid to believe this about turn was done for our benefit. lol

But for those that still want a X1 you got your wish.
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Old June 20 2013, 02:56 AM   #11
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I have a mental image of some guy leaving MS today like Dr Claw..."Next time gadget..next time.."
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Old June 20 2013, 04:10 AM   #12
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I'd still like to give them the middle finger for even thinking about it, but Sony having a monopoly, or even undisputed dominance on the home console market wouldn't be any good for us. Don't really want to contribute to that either.
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Old June 20 2013, 04:15 AM   #13
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When the price drops or my 360 breaks I'll get a One probably. Don't really care at this moment.
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Old June 20 2013, 06:12 AM   #14
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I'm glad they're reversing the decision. I'm still not going to buy Xbox One, at least not until price drops and a decent amount of games I want. Basically a reverse of this generation with PS3.
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Old June 20 2013, 06:39 AM   #15
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The last console I bought was Mattel's Intellivision, so that won't change anything for me.
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