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Microsoft relaxes Xbox One DRM, region-locking

After complaints made rounds about Microsoft’s tight grip on the Xbox One regarding it’s DRM policy, the company has turned around and drops quite a bit of the mandatory restrictions on it’s upcoming console.


The following changes have been added:

  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours  The Xbox One will now just need to call home once, after it’s initial set-up rather than making the security check once every 24 hours.  You can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • 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 – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
  • Region locks have been dropped

The downside of these changes?  Disc-based games will no longer be just an installable software (you need the disc to play the game) and digital library sharing (between 10 people) will no longer be available at launch.

“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,” Miicrosoft IEB president Don Mattrick said. “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.”

Price for the Xbox One remains the same at $499 for the base model.

source Xbox News 

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