Microsoft has done a complete 180 on its controversial DRM policies that have caused outrage across the web. In a blog post Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business, thanked users for feedback and said:
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.
- The Xbox One will now no longer require an internet connection to play offline games.
- No 24 hour connection requirement will be in place.
- You'll be able to trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent discs, just like the 360, and there will be no limitations to using and sharing games.
In the blog post Mattrick also announced that downloadble games will come to Xbox Live on day of disc release, and if you choose to download you'll also be able to play them offline, just like you can with the 360. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console, there will be no regional restrictions.