Breaking News: Microsoft Remove DRM, Region Locks And More From Xbox One
Well, holy hell, they listened. Microsoft, the people the internet has been raging against for the past month and a half, they fucking listened. Gamers didn’t like their online policies, so now, they’re removing every single one of them.
So because it’s late, and because this is probably bigger than the bombshell Sony dropped at E3, here’s the low down in an easy to understand, easy to reference format:
- Mandatory 24 hour online check-in? Gone! The Xbox One will need to connect to the internet once during setup, but will never require it after that.
- Used Games Restrictions and DRM? Gone! Gamers will now be able to trade, borrow and rent games just like they used to with the Xbox 360.
- Region Locks? Gone! Don’t worry about the Xbox One not reach South Africa this year, you can now import it without any worries, considering PAL/NTSC restrictions are a thing of the past thanks to HDMI.
- Downloadable Games Requiring Internet? Nope, all downloaded games will be able to be played online and offline, with no restrictions.
Obviously, there are some questions that rise from this shift, especially regarding how Microsoft is going to deal with games requiring full installs on the Xbox One. Also, this probably means we can kiss that Family Sharing feature goodbye, considering it’s no longer required with the removal of used games DRM.
But while those questions exist, this opens up the next-gen race in all sorts of interesting ways. Here at eGamer, until Sony’s two minutes of fame at E3, we were all in agreement that Microsoft had won with their 90-minute press conference focused on exclusive (and impressive looking) titles, exclusive features (such as Twitch) and much more. Sure, there’s still the price point that will factor into many people’s choice as to which console they’ll get, but now this question has become even more interesting, now more than ever.
PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? This is the race we all wanted.