Microsoft changes course, and may save it’s future by bending to the backlash against Xbox One.
Breaking news this afternoon as Microsoft announces shocking moves to change it’s policies regarding it’s next-gen console, the Xbox One.
Xbox head Don Mattrick says this about Microsoft’s decision:
“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. 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.”
As most recently as last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Sony had been giving Microsoft direct blows by stating over and over again that these harsh policies would not be a part of Sony’s way of thinking, or it’s $399 Playstation 4 console, out Holiday 2013.
Mattrick goes on to say:
“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.”
Mattrick further confirms that Xbox One games will be region-free, and that disc based games will be required to be in the disc tray during play.
Gamers: 1, Microsoft: 0.
Stay tuned for more from the JustUs Geeks for further updates on the Xbox One!