Xbox one-eighty — microsoft acquiesces on ‘always on’

Battered and bruised from E3, Microsoft finally gets it and declares DRM a naughty no-no. Possibly the biggest about face by any gaming company, they’ve admitted their digital goosestepping was a mistake and follow alongside their console rival into the next generation.

So the throbbing masses of disgruntled consumers and players have finally been heard by the powers that be. What does this mean for you? Possibly a more accessible Xbox One.

From the site:

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.

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.

So basically the next gen will be like this gen. Will this take a bite out of Sony’s bark? Time will tell but one thing’s for sure — consumers are the real winner here.

[Via Xbox Wire]