When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One last week at E3 and announced the inability to share video games with friends and the need to be connected to the Internet at, almost, all times fans exploded with anger at policies they believed would inhibit the way they currently played their favorite games. Microsoft has just released a statement addressing the concerns and the changes the company is making as they move forward. Read about what is being changed after the jump.
Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, has just released a written statement explaining he and his team have listened and read the concerns being expressed over the drastic changes that would be implemented with Microsoft’s next video game console. The major outcry over the announcement has made the Xbox One team reconsider their ideas and will be now making changes based one what they have heard. Mattrick wrote this:
So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
- 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.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
So, it would appear that we could chalk-up another tally in the Internet’s victory column as the voicing of concerns from many of you has forced Microsoft to reconsider and subsequently change their ideas on digital consumption of console video game. While this could lead to current Xbox 360 users sticking with their console of choice, not all the hot topics surrounding the Xbox One were addressed by Mattrick’s statement, i.e. backwards compatibility.
Are these changes enough to change your opinion on the Xbox One? Or, will you still be moving on to another console come release time later this year? Make sure to let your opinions be heard in the comment section below!