Microsoft decides a few extra bucks isn’t worth their whole console gaming base.

After getting positively massacred for demonstrating a great deal of contempt for their gaming customers with a long list of restrictions with the Xbox One, such as forcing people to pay extra to share games, Microsoft has decided to drop all of their proposed restrictions.

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.

“We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity,” Mattrick said. “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.”

It’s not about having the best of both worlds.  It’s about not wanting to pay extra money for a product we’ve already bought, and wanting to be able to share our own property.

Not sure if it’s too little too late for the XB1, but it’s a start.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Laury Plant

    I think M$’s plan was poorly explained and poorly marketed, they essentially were trying to set up the console version of Steam, but couldn’t say ‘We’re doing the console version of Steam’ so blatantly. Console fan boi’s just aren’t ready for that leap, the way PC gamers have become accustomed to it. It’s not a ‘cash grab’, it was a fundamental change in the model. Personally, I was OK with it, but I understand it’s not the console culture people are ready for.

    • Rob

      Yes, they could have.

      No disk drive.

      • Laury Plant

        Look at the poop-storm they got with ‘trading games’ without physical media already. No, that would be even another bridge too far.

        • islandbrewer

          Oh yes *eyeroll*, but it did give us that little gem from Sony (at the bottom of the article):

        • Rob

          Oh, I didn’t say people would be happy with it. I think it would’ve been less of a shitstorm than what they got, trying to turn “analog” into digital.

          • Laury Plant

            Heh…don’t I know that shitstorm. Work for the ‘cable company’ that did exactly that…Oh the fun.

    • Ace_of_Sevens

      They could have started by explaining the benefits instead of starting with how they were screwing you and not being able to explain the benefits clearly. (How did sharing work? What are the restrictions on trading? They never could say.)

      • Laury Plant

        Oh agreed, they certainly could have. They shot themselves in the foot terribly by not explaining the model in terms of something people already understood, but tiptoeing around the subject as if we’d all put two-and-two together and ‘get it’. Bad decision.

    • Jayn

      Yeah, the rumors floating around immediately that overplayed some aspects didn’t help. Still, even if it was a once-a-day check as opposed to always on, I’m not a fan of online DRM at all because a failure on either your OR their end can cause problems (I grew up in an area that still has piss-poor internet options, so online requirements can be a button for me). Also, I never heard anything about how this would affect the pricing of used games, even if it didn’t kill the market outright. I buy second-hand occasionally because there really isn’t a difference between new vs. used games except for price. If the pricing wound up being the same there would no longer be much point to it. And I do like being able to sell my no-longer-played games.

      One thing I like about consoles is that they’re pretty much plug-and-play, and the DRM scheme just seemed like it was taking away from that.

  • Wesley Da’Nomad

    This whole DRM hullabaloo really only mattered to a small group of people. Personally, I was fine with it. With the 360 being the sales leader for 29 months straight, the XBX One has the makings of a winner right off the bat even though it’s 100$ more. People understand the Kinect will be integrated into the One games and console experience much more closely than the PS4 and their eyetoy thing. That integration comes at a price… 100$ to be exact.

  • Park James

    Well I’ll probably be back on board for xbox1 now. That was a pretty quick about face.

  • Jeffrey Markus

    The Drm for Games is just one update away from being put back in the system, they already have the infastructure for it.

  • Loqi

    Hooray, now I can stop boycotting them based on their DRM policies and get back to boycotting them because the XBox One is inferior to my PC in pretty much every conceivable way.

  • Rando

    Now if only they would give me backwards compatibility I might consider paying the 500 dollar price tag.

    • Chris Lemke

      You can connect your Xbox 306 into the Xbox One with the HDMI cambe and play all the 360 game son the 360 using the One as a ‘Hub’.

      • Rando

        That’s ridiculous and grossly unnecessary! The point of backwards compatibility is to play older games with the new system’s speed and power, not to use it as a hub to play my old games. Why would I want to hook my 360 to the One in order to play my games? If I wanted to simply play my games on my 360 I’ll just plug it into my tv and be done with it, not buy a, no doubt 30 dollar, cable and hot wire it to another system.

        • Gehennah

          The reason why is its a hardware issue. Similar to the reason that the later PS3′s couldn’t do PS2 games.

        • Billy Bob

          I bought my HDMI cable from amazon for $2. Never had a problem with it.

      • Billy Bob

        Or just connect your 360 to the TV. Much simpler.

  • kanawah

    Do not forget Krotchrot in Ohio. What he signed is as bad as the piece of crap Perry is pushing.