Is Microsoft About to Backtrack on Xbox One DRM and Always-Online Policies?


There is a big rumor doing the rounds at the moment that Microsoft are set to make changes to the DRM and always-online policy for the Xbox One.

These changes have been reported by WhatHiFi and GiantBomb and it seems that Microsoft are set to REMOVE the used-games DRM and ‘always-online’ policy that requires the Xbox One to be connected at least once every 24 hours.

This rumor has come from no surprise after Sony seemed to dig their heels in at Microsoft by unveiling the PlayStation 4 to have no DRM or always online issues and it seems that Microsoft is now set to admit defeat and make some big changes, letting key developers know first.

We are waiting for Microsoft to confirm the news but would you welcome the removal of DRM and always-online for the Xbox One? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

Source: VideoGamer

UPDATE: Microsoft have now confirmed (thanks CVG) the removal of policies for the Xbox One stating:

“As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One”

  • The main points of the policy change mean the following:
  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
  • All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
  • An internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
  • All downloaded games will function the same online or offline
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
  • Region locks have been dropped
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