Microsoft's Xbox One home entertainment console. (image: Microsoft)
In response to the harsh criticism and overwhelming negativity the company has received in regards to its Xbox One home entertainment system, Microsoft is changing much in regards to how the machine will operate even before it hits the open market.
Scheduled for release in November, Microsoft's already maligned Xbox One was set to have the most restrictive DRM of any home gaming-type console to date. In an update on the system posted by Microsoft on the afternoon of June 19, it seems that much of what consumers disliked about the system will be thrown out the window.
"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," wrote Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business. "I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One."
Per Mattrick, here are the changes to Xbox One (as of June 19):
- No constant internet connection will be required to play offline 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."
As with the Xbox 360 today, disk-based Xbox One titles will require the disk to be in the tray in order for them to be played. Furthermore, downloadable Xbox One games cannot be exchanged, shared, or re-sold.
Mattrick says Microsoft is changing course to satisfy consumers while stating that he believes "that [while] 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."
Microsoft's Xbox One is scheduled for release in November for $499, $100 more than Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 gaming console.