Microsoft Ditches Xbox One DRM And Always Online Policies

Today, Microsoft confirmed it has made changes to their policies for Xbox One due to feedback from the community. After Sony announced that PlayStation 4 won’t require any kind of DRM or online check outs, Microsoft has decided to follow their policies with their upcoming next-gen console as well.


“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.

Halo 5 is one of the biggest exclusives on XBOX ONE.

Halo 5 is one of the biggest exclusives on XBOX ONE.

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.

This is how you share games with PS4 – It’s now possible with XBOX ONE as well!

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”

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  1. I was going to buy a ps4. I read so much junk about xbox in game informer that I dismissed the idea of buying one. Now this article got me at square one (again).

  2. I was just reading this a little while ago – its pracitcally all over my news feed on FB :p – i find it amusing that its only now they decided to change it lol – and after them saying that it was the future xD
    I know alot of Xbox fans will be happy today :p
    That Sony video still makes me laugh!

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