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Microsoft Has Removed Used Game DRM and Online Check Ins *UPDATE*

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This is what they said:

“Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

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.

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.

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.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.”

This is what I heard:

"I said I'm sorry, can we be friends again please?"

“I said I’m sorry, can we be friends again please?”

Well shucks, guess I might just have to get one after all…but, really only if they announce a new Gears of War and like, ten other really cool things. Because, I’ll be honest, I really couldn’t care less about Halo!

Xeawn, out!

*UPDATE*

The system is also region free now, so feel free to get your Akai Katana and Onechanbara on! Shame it isn’t backwards compatible; at this point that might be the only way for people who don’t have a Jtag to play Phantom Breaker.

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3 comments on “Microsoft Has Removed Used Game DRM and Online Check Ins *UPDATE*

  1. OMG that pic is SHOOOOO CUTE!

    Ahem other then that…Yeah i MAY have to get one if only for Insomniacs new game…I love me some Insomniac Games. They just don;t take things too seriously and i LOVE that about them..Plus over the top is always fun LOL.

  2. Miu Matsuoka of Ichigo Mashimaro thanks you 😀

    She’s probably my favorite, I feel bad for her and how she acts out since she doesn’t know any other way to let the others know she’s lonely and unhappy too 😥

    In regard to the Xbox One, I’m certainly intrigued, but there still aren’t enough exclusives to make me want one. Also, dat kinect! When I got the 360 I wanted Lost Odyssey, Dead or Alive, Ninety Nine Nights, Magna Carta 2, Tales of Vesperia, Gears of War, Eternal Sonata and a few other exclusives. There typically needs to be between seven to ten exclusives that I want before I’m willing to sink the money on a new system.

    PS4 just has a lot more in the way of mass appeal that I care about. Dead Rising 3 is interesting, but making it dark and gritty removes the entire point of the franchise. I definitely want D4, but not enough to throw $500 at a system to get it. We’ll see what happens, X1 is definitely on my radar now considerably more than it was before…which was not at all 😛

    • LOL yeah i ONLY got a 360 for Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon..Oh and Vesparia..If they hadn;t had so many JRPGs i NEVER would have gotten one.

      Also i believe Eternal Sonata came out on the PS3 eventually. And as i said above it;s all about the insomniac love..Though ironically Insomniac MAY go back to sony at this rate since MS can;t offer them many bonuses like the online thing…

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