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?