Microsoft Removes DRM for Xbox One


This is one hell of a backpedal. Microsoft has just announced that they are removed the DRM restrictions for the Xbox One.

  • 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.

With all of the bad PR moves and the two big problems with the Xbox One remaining (the mandatory use of the Kinect and the price), do you believe that Xbox One and Microsoft will be able to recover their lost audience or is it too late?



2 thoughts on “Microsoft Removes DRM for Xbox One”

  1. I think it still has a very good chance of doing well. It may start off very slowly like the PS3 did though. As for the Kinect issue, I don’t think that’s a problem. It shouldn’t be anyway. It can be disabled. As for the privacy issues, considering how many devices have cameras, microphones and connect to the Internet, the Kinect isn’t really unique in its Big Brother potentials.


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