Microsoft has announced an immediate and probably unexpected step back on its policy of Digital Right Management for games on Xbox One. Microsoft has been criticized for vague statement and, in fact, accepted the feedback immediately to rectify its position. The previous “always on” policy will be cancelled out, thus restoring rules that are on Xbox 360 console.
Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post
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.
There are two fundamental consequences that arise from the announcement of the new team in Redmond.
Xbox One will not require any internet connection to play, thereby after a one-time setup. You can play offline Xbox One games without ever connecting online again. Microsoft has extended the same policy to the Xbox One that is already in vogue on Xbox 360.
You can lend, resell, gift and buy games in full freedom. In this case also, the rules of Xbox 360 are extended to the Xbox One.
These rules are valid for all games distributed via disk while the downloaded games cannot be shared, sold or moved. There will be no regional restrictions, extending to the whole world the same policy and the same limitations.
However, at the same time Microsoft has removed some features including family library sharing that allows users to share their entire game library, whether games are on disk or downloaded with up to ten ‘family members’. Microsoft has also killed ‘roaming’ feature that allows users to access all of their games via cloud storage from anywhere without carrying the physical disk.
Change or compromise, Microsoft explains that it simply listened to the feedback received. However, doing so also met the moves put in place by Sony with their PlayStation 4. Now, it is the time to review everything told to date about the Xbox One and management of video games on console, simplifying, what was valid for Xbox 360 will remain valid on future Xbox One too.