Microsoft has reached out on its official blog (and Major Nelson) to assure gamers that it will be addressing DRM concerns for its upcoming Xbox One all-in-one entertainment device.
The Xbox One reveal was met with some disappointment as executives started discussing ways in which Microsoft would handle pre-owned games and disc ownership. It led to a Twitter campaign urging Sony execs
to avoid the same happening for the PS4, and Microsoft spoke to the press to say it was listening to feedback
Now, Major Nelson has suggested that Microsoft might make a few concessions to its plans to appease scorned gamers. "We're fully aware of what is going on. I am also working on a few things to address it. I can't say much more right now. But we ARE listening," he wrote on his blog
The official Xbox Wire
blog states, "[Xbox One] does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We're designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection."
The picture that has been painted by Microsoft executives seem to depict a situation where players will need to activate games on their consoles, preventing the lending of discs to friends and family (unless they pay a fee to activate a second copy). Microsoft's Phil Harrison reportedly said that the Xbox One would check online for activations every 24 hours.
Exact details on how it all works - as well as how it affects the pre-owned market - have not been made clear. No doubt Microsoft is working on answers to present to press at E3.