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.