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    Microsoft Announces Removal of DRM Restrictions

    UPDATE #2:

    It's official!

    http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

    Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

    For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

    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.

    You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

    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.

    We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. 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.

    Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.
    UPDATE #1:

    It seems to be official! Look at the top of this page:

    http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa



    So we know changes are occurring. We're just not sure exactly what they will be yet.



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    Whatthifi: http://www.whathifi.com/news/microso...-always-online

    Microsoft is set to announce it will remove DRM restrictions on Xbox One games and the need for you to have the new Xbox "always online".

    Sources tell whathifi.com that Microsoft is set to announce the changes later today, with games developers being informed first.


    Giantbomb: http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/mi...-dr/1100-4673/

    The tug-of-war between Microsoft and Sony just got more interesting. Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.

    What does this mean?

    No more always online requirement
    The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
    All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
    An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
    All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
    No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
    Region locks have been dropped


    It is unclear what caused this huge change in policy right after E3, a week where Microsoft executives spent days explaining, justifying, and talking about its policies to the press. I suspect Microsoft’s official announcement will say something to the effect of “we've been closely listening to consumer feedback.”

    Based on what I’m being told, that’s definitely true.
    Last edited by Ixion; 06-19-2013 at 23:00.

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    Good if it turns out to be true.

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    If true the gamer has won the war. Result

    "Its better to keep your mouth shut and let everybody think you are an idiot. Than it is to open it and remove all doubt!!"

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    Not holding my breath but if true we will see certain people do a reversal and say how this is a good thing and they never liked those things even though they have been saying the "benefit" of them.
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    hope this does not have an impact on cloud gaming if true.

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    Wow....this would be awesome. Just do it, MS!
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    Hope this doesn't effect the family sharing, or discourage developers from using cloud features.

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    Blimey. I'll be stunned if they do all of the above. I just can't see them reversing all those decisions, but we'll find out soon enough.

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    Great for gamers and even better to justify picking one up down the road.

    If true...


    Also, whatever happened to MS' staunch stance on not budging regardless of what Sony did (or whatever to that effect)? And what will happen to the disillusioned vehemently defending all thee policies? Is it time for a back-track?

    If so - let me know how and when you' like your crow.

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    HOLY $#@!

    It's gonna happen!

    http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa

    Look at the top!

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    please do and I'll buy one once it hits the price I feel comfortable with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Two4DaMoney View Post
    please do and I'll buy one once it hits the price I feel comfortable with.
    What 'e sed ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    HOLY $#@!

    It's gonna happen!

    http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa

    Look at the top!
    Yep!
    Q: Will Xbox One allow players to trade in, purchase and play pre-owned games?
    A: We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.

    They should say REDESIGNING.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    Yep!
    Q: Will Xbox One allow players to trade in, purchase and play pre-owned games?
    A: We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.

    They should say REDESIGNING.
    That's what it always said. That document hasn't been changed. The top of the page just says the document is now out-of-date and that an updated doc will be provided soon.

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    I have to call shenanigans on this...that is just a little too much to believe...

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    And some people here were doing anything to silence people who were genuinely concerned! This is good news!

    I'll be trading my Xbox 360 for the Xbox One.

    I predicted this. There was no way they were gonna go ahead with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    That's what it always said. That document hasn't been changed. The top of the page just says the document is now out-of-date and that an updated doc will be provided soon.
    Oh ok. I thought their statement previously said they would "enable publishers" to allow user to trade, etc.

    thanks for the correction.
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    I'll believe when I see it but awesome if true. Now if they would only do away with mandatory Kinect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    I'll believe when I see it but awesome if true. Now if they would only do away with mandatory Kinect.
    They already announced a fix for the Kinect, see below:


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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    I'll believe when I see it but awesome if true. Now if they would only do away with mandatory Kinect.
    Or just drop the price. I could use a new paperweight
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    Or just drop the price. I could use a new paperweight
    Yeah that price needs to come down. 500 bucks is too high DRM or no DRM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    Or just drop the price. I could use a new paperweight
    If they match the PS4's price, it would still be an expensive paperweight (if that is all you plan on using it for.) Kinect on it's own is probably gonna be $100 bucks if not more.

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    Well if this happens, I will say what I said when Sony announced no restrictions.

    "Thank you Sony"

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