Microsoft Mattrick Confirms Xbox One DRM Changes

Huge about turn outlines "some" changes - Full Statement here

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Microsoft Mattrick Confirms Xbox One DRM Changes
Microsoft has completed a miraculous U-Turn with Xbox One and DRM in the face of severe criticism, we have to assume not just from Internet forums but also from stockholders and third party publishers.

In an official statement which we have for you right here, senior Microsoft exec and Xbox One front man, Don Mattrick, admits to mistakes and indicates what changes will be made. He begins slowly:

"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."

Then he goes into the action:

"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."

Blimey.

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DrkStr 19 Jun 2013 22:44
1/4
So there goes the family circle sharing and logging in to another Xbox One and playing your games?
Daz 19 Jun 2013 22:57
2/4
Thank You Sony
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ergo 19 Jun 2013 23:41
3/4
@Daz You're thanking Sony for what, exactly? For not being draconian lunatics? Do they really deserve thanks for this? DO you also applaud people that don't get divorces?

This is good, but it had f**k all to do w/ Sony, except that Sony took massive advantage of a titanic PR blunder by a competitor. What they did they did for themselves, not for you, and would have been right up there w/ MS had the backlash not been so severe.
config 20 Jun 2013 00:09
4/4
Now, if Microsoft would just announce a SKU that didn't have Kinect and was, oh, 80 quid cheaper, it really would be even stevens.
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