Last week following the E3 Conference I posted about the major changes and restrictions Microsoft was bringing to their next generation console, the XBOX ONE. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE. As of today, it looks like they have decided to stay in business.
Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business posted
[blockquote blockquote_style=”quote” align=”none” text_align=”left” cite=”” style=”The Guardian”]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. 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.[/blockquote]
So what do you think? A genuine response and care for their loyal customer base, or a desperate attempt at damage control in order to retain gamers from flocking to Sony and their PS4?
What do you think?