Two major features of Microsoft’s next-generation console are dropped by the company. These are regular online authenticity checks required to play video games offline and restrictions on what players can do with games after purchase.
Microsoft says, in an update issued Wednesday, the shift in Xbox One policy stems from consumer feedback.
“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,” Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive entertainment business, said in a statement. “We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”
The Microsoft statement says no internet connection will be required to play any Xbox One game. Also, avenues for trading, renting, lending or selling purchased games will remain as they are today with the Xbox 360.
Microsoft outlined how its Xbox One would function when it launches this November for $499; this move marks a full turn for Microsoft from several weeks ago. In earlier statements, Microsoft said users would have to check in online every 24 hours to play any games offline. Microsoft also planned the inability to rent or lend games at launch as limits to how games were used.
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