MS Updates its Position on DRM

By Michelle Balsan, 3 years ago
While the Xbox One reveal certainly turned many heads, it wasn't always for the right reasons. While the games looked fantastic, many of the announced policies, specifically those related to DRM and lending discs to your friends, left a bad taste in gamers' mouths.

Today, Microsoft has officially revealed their re-visited approach to these policies, no doubt a reaction to the public backlash:

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.
Obviously, this will make many happy, though it will likely mean the removal of some features - such as family sharing - that were dependent on the cloud and authentication.

How do you feel about Microsoft's 180 on the One?
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.