Maybe they watched Jimmy Fallon last night and someone said “we done fucked up”…
Microsoft listened to
total eclipse of the heart the cries of the consumer, and has rid its new Xbox One of the evil DRM and its “24hr check in” policy. That’s right, folks: no longer will your Xbox One make the implicit assumption that you are a thief. Let this be a lesson to those who think big corporations always have all the power: consumers who make their voices heard and who vote with their wallets have ALL the power to change the course of corporate policy. Everyone who got out there and vented their rage, everyone who preordered a PS4 instead of an Xbox One, everyone who voted in polls so hard that you gave PS4 a 72% vs 13% advantage over Xbox One, YOU made this happen. Don’t forget it – you gave Xbox One DRM.
What it means to you and me:
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
So no more worries? No, not really, but it will affect some of their announced policies. Family sharing, which would be a shame to lose, may end up on the cutting room floor, but c’est la vie, right?