The lights are on
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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Micro make it 399$, Kinect free and I will buy it.
Think of it this way. There's a bully on the playground and he says he's going to punch you in the face, intentionally. Not only does he just say that, but for the next few weeks he describes how he's going to punch you in the face, in what building he's going to punch you, and how hard it's going to be.
After that, he says that not only is he going to punch you in the face, but he's going to punch your friends in the face too. All of them, just as hard as he's going to hit you.
But because you and your friends said NO, he said "Ok, well I won't punch you guys in the face". And all of you become friends and go on living your life....Even knowing that the bully still wants to punch you and your friends in the face.
The point of this story is that after there's a desired amount of Xbox One sales (Whether it be a year or two) We'll probably see a more structured DRM and features that closely resembled the ones that everyone hated, sooner or later....It's just a fact of when.
The always online thing wouldn't have pissed people off as much if they just explained the benefits of it better at the conference. The cloud would have brought big worlds for games. and now poof. Even though i am not a fan of xbox i still think the console creators knew what they were doing when they made the online standard. maybe it could have been all about the money but if it wasn't the extreme advantage of having it should have been pronounced at E3! This is what is going to happen. Drop the online. Sell systems. 3 weeks in. system update. Surprise! JK gamers we are changing the system back to the way it was! That would be hilarious.
no family plan no deal MS
I feel like most of the "Ermahgerd I am switching to PS4" and those who claim they are not reversing their decision had their mind made up on Sony's console months, if not years ago. As far as I'm concerned I plan on purchasing both. Xbox One at launch and PS4 when I can afford it. Some of the bitterness, drama, and just general lack of understanding is ridiculous, but hey, thats the internet for you.
About time! It's a little late for me however. You see, while Microsoft was debating just how hard to screw us, I had already placed a pre-order on the PS4. Unfortunately, I cannot buy two systems. In fact, even if I could buy two systems I still wouldn't.
Still staying with the PS4 :D
This is great news im happy to see Microsoft handle this now instead of waiting a couple of years. Leaving their true fans who did buy their system with a worthless console that either needs replaced or heavily altered. I might actually buy one now although im not convinced how reliable they are so Im still going to get the PS4 to start because they have proven to be far more reliable. If I see the Xbox One can withstand the tests of time I may get myself one but before this news I was not going to get one at all. I am a gamer I love games not systems. I try to buy all the consoles so I can play all my favorite games but when you have to buy the same system multiple times and you have to buy every game new you cant afford to get the others and miss out on some really cool games and that is truly sad.
Still not interested whatsoever. No surprise that they completely backpedaled though.
Though it did lose features
i might get one now
Nice try Microsoft.
It's a good sign, would still be hesitant to buy it or any of the next gen consoles, games are still pricey, controls are not as good as PC, graphics are usually inferior to PC. I am getting older and don't have the money, haha.
So are they saying that you need a one time connection to set up the Xbox one or to set up an individual game?