Microsoft has announced, via the Xbox site, that they have decided to remove their used game restrictions from Xbox One. Xbox One discs will have no limits in regards to games being played on other systems. They have also announced that the Always On, 24-hour connection requirement has been removed and only an initial internet connection at the first set up will be required. Games can be played indefinitely offline, even on a friend’s system.
“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” – Official Statement by Microsoft
Since games can be shared and resold, the discs will be required to play the game – thus, games will no longer be downloaded onto the hard drive of the system. It has also been stated that systems will no longer be region-locked. It has not been outright stated, but games will probably also be available for trade-ins at retail stores such as GameStop.
One can only wonder if this change was indeed in response to the fans or as a result of the amount of heat that Sony threw their way during the PS4 conference. Stay tuned for the next episode of The Geek Generation Podcast, where we will be doing our E3 2013 wrap-up.