According to Patrick Klepek of Giant Bomb, Microsoft has decided to completely reverse their previously stated positions regarding DRM on the new Xbox One.
Microsoft has updated their Xbox Wire website with confirmation that Klepek was correct. The Xbox One will now have the same DRM policy as the Xbox 360.
According to the reliable Klepek:
- Sources indicate Microsoft is going to move away from what’s caused the company so much headache.
- The tug-of-war between Microsoft and Sony just got more interesting. Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.
What does this mean?
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
It’s worth noting that Microsoft hasn’t yet acknowledged this story, and it remains to be seen how many people were put off by the initial DRM decision.