Microsoft have given in to the building pressure around the Xbox One and changed certain policies after what some are calling the worst week for Microsoft at E3 ever. Don Mattrick wrote a lengthy blog post in which he states;
“As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One,”
adding that past policies “are no longer accurate”. So, what does this mean for perspective Xbox One owners? Well:
- An Internet connection will not be required for offline gaming. After a one time online setup with the Xbox One, you can play games offline and never have to worry about connecting again – just like it is with the Xbox 360.
- Trade-in, lend or rent disc based games without having to pay any additional fee to Microsoft. I can see companies like CEX and Cash Converters rejoicing at this news as it may have put quite a bit of strain on them with the restrictions originally imposed.
- Download games on their release date from Xbox Live. Xbox games that are downloaded can be played offline and are available on any Xbox One console worldwide – there are no regional restrictions!
Mattrick finishes up the blog post with;
“We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”
The changes are definitely welcome for the current generation Xbox gamers that were looking to upgrade their systems on November 27th which is when Amazon is hinting that it’s preorders will be shipped. Are you happy Microsoft changed their minds? Does that sway you from PS4 to Xbox One? Let me know in the comments below!