It’s Official – Microsoft Removes ALL DRM From Xbox One

Well ladies and gentlemen you did it.  Microsoft can say whatever they want about why they changed their minds on the Xbox One’s DRM, but the truth is the platform was getting completely crushed by Sony’s PlayStation 4.  Sony was riding a ridiculous wave of success when they announced the PS4 would be completely DRM-free.  Now Microsoft has done the biggest reversal in gaming history and released the following announcement.

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.

That’s quite a mouthful.  Basically Microsoft had no idea players all over the world would be so against all the policy changes they were putting into affect.  So now comes a very important question for all of you.  With the system just as free as the PS4 in terms of DRM, region-free, etc, are you changing tunes and plan to pre-order yourself an Xbox One, or has the damage been done?

7 thoughts on “It’s Official – Microsoft Removes ALL DRM From Xbox One”

  1. Wow. Color me surprised. I honestly thought they would stick with their guns until their system is in the market for at least 6 months, but now they’ve practically removed about every single negative I had with it. It shows that this was Microsoft’s decision to build the system around these restrictions, not publishers. I’m glad they’ve listened to reason. Region-free gaming on the Xbox One is also a HUGE plus that was not a feature of the Xbox 360.

    1. People spoke with their wallets, as is always the case. It’s funny, but minutes after this news broke all the retail outlets started sending emails out about “Breaking News” lol. It’s clear retailers were also telling MS that if they continued down this road they were going to lose by a landslide.

  2. I plan on sticking with my PS4 pre order for now. I think it’s great that MS has changed their policies though but I’ll stick with one next gen console for now. I’ll wait till the Xbox One comes out bundles with a game that I would like to play on there console like I did with the Gears Of War Xbox 360 edition

  3. They may have lost followers by now for sure, but there’s no doubt that this move was needed to compete. The competition is back on I would say. PS3 came out a year later than the 360, had all sorts of flames on it and was more expensive but if you look at it today, the sold console numbers are pretty much equal.

  4. Actually worldwide the PS3 is a little ahead. Microsoft has dominated North America, but had a harder time elsewhere in the world. With the PS4 cheaper and shipping around the same time the advantage is clearly with Sony. That said, it’s nice that the war is back on. Had Microsoft lost North America this holiday it would have hurt them big time.

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