Microsoft Changes Its Mind on Xbox One’s Used Games and Always-Online Policies


Microsoft has backtracked on how the Xbox One will handle used games and offline play, following weeks of backlash.

An update on Microsoft’s news site lists the following changes:

  • Xbox One games will not require an Internet connection every 24 hours just to play offline.
  • A one-time Internet connection will be required during system set-up, but that’s it.
  • Games on disc may be lent, resold, given away and rented, just as Xbox 360 discs are today.
  • Downloaded games will work without an Internet connection.
  • There will be no regional restrictions.

The story was first reported by Patrick Klepek, a well-connected reporter at Giant Bomb. A post by Don Mattrick, President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business confirmed the news shortly after.

“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…

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