For those of you who have been following the sentiment around the new XBoxOne and some of the changes that accompany it, you’re aware they were received as well as if Obama had taken everyone’s first born son. Sheesh, it’s 4 months away from being released so not all the fine tuning is done yet related to the logistics. Wait until it comes out and then decide if it will work for you or not. If it doesn’t, stick with 360 or go to PS4.
This reminds me of when one of my kids hits the other, they tell on them, I ground the one who hit them, and then I still have to listen to them complain about what happened.
Well, all the whining has paid off. Microsoft has removed the 24 hour connection requirement, and you’ll be able to trade, lend, sell, rent games just like you do today. More details are listed below.
Below is the official statement from Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Business Entertainment at Microsoft.
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.