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This has appeared on the linked (and heavily trafficked) page on the Xbox website. The following statement comes from Microsoft's president of the interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick:
Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
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.
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.
If you can get in, you can see the page on the official site here.
Update 1: Microsoft is preparing to share changes to its Xbox One policies. The page containing those details is not yet live.
Here's the statement on its Q&A page:
Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest.
In what might be the most dramatic reversal in the gaming industry, Microsoft is reportedly changing course on many of the concerns related to the Xbox One. These include a 180 degree shift on used games and online requirements.
According to a report published on Giant Bomb, Microsoft will be dropping the 24-hour license renewal "check ins" we were told the system requires. Additionally, retail discs will be handled identically to what we experience now on the Xbox 360. This includes trading in and loaning to friends. An internet connection will only be required when setting up the console, and region locks will be disabled.
This news follows our interview with Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer, who assured us that Microsoft is listening to community feedback. We've reached out to the company for comment.
[Source: Giant Bomb]
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What a bunch of dumb asses, they couldn't keep up in the market so now they will copy the PS4. No respect for Microsoft anymore, they are no longer leaders, but mere followers!
Now, just need a bundle that works WITHOUT kinect and im on board.
The PS4 is still a better deal for me. Now the fanboys can stay where they are.
I'm glad Microsoft came to their senses. I still plan on buying a PS4 but with this news I may add the Xbox One to my collection later on down the road.
that didn't take long. did it? should have never been an issue. Microsoft probably just did that so they could reverse it and look like it's appealing to it's consumers. I'm happy about the change, but skeptical as well.
Microsoft has redeemed themselves. Will actually buy one now when the price drops.
Wow that's a change was still going to get one but I like this a lot.
Was going to get one anyway, but am glad to see Microsoft can change. Seems that the majority of people who are upset are hardcore gamers. Unfortunately now days casual gamers have dwarfed our numbers.
I'm more excited about Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy coming to the XboxOne. Wonder how the heck that happened.
Both consoles have similar spec and power it comes down to games and price. I prefer neither and will have both systems though people with price in mind will probably pick PS4 instead of Xbox One.
Still Microsoft learned they cant control consumers into something they don't want or need in system. They changing there policy less then a couple days after they announced it is proof of that. DEAL WITH IT.
glade to see they made the changes so Microsoft will have more sales, I was gonna get one anyway. go Microsoft!
I still think the fact that they attempted to do these things is still awful. I'm grateful they changed them but i'm still getting a PS4.
Let's see if they change also the pricing policies...
Now alot of people will like this announcement and will for sure sway people back into the direction of purchasing the Xbox One. But is it enough to redeem itself? Iam not sure