Posted by patrickklepek (2222 posts) -

UPDATED: Microsoft has confirmed these policy changes are happening.


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.

I've reached out to Microsoft for comment.

Microsoft has taken an enormous amount of heat regarding DRM policies with its new console. Sony became consumer heroes at E3, announcing PlayStation 4 would not treat used games differently, and the status quo would reign. The company released this video, twisting the knife:

Of course, Xbox One is still $499 and PlayStation 4 is still $399. But today moves the needle.

#1 Edited by Stimpack (912 posts) -

Hahahaha. Wow. What? I'll wait and see.

Also, I'm sorry, but this just makes them look like incompetent fools. They've planned this whole elaborate DRM business and it has blown up in their faces. All the while they're preaching about how wonderful their plan is and how worthless their customers are. This isn't about improving customer relations. This isn't a favor. This is about money.

*edit* To all of those jumping on me about the "money" comment. There are ways to make money without screwing people. I suppose you think locking Netflix behind a paywall is great business because it forces people to pay! My point is that Microsoft isn't doing this to garner trust, they're doing this because they have to. Not only that, but this makes them look unstable.

Honestly, if you think that Microsoft is respectable and they're doing great things... more power to you. Sadly, I wholeheartedly disagree.

#2 Posted by cabelhigh (247 posts) -


#3 Edited by Crono11 (1651 posts) -

Wow I can't believe they're back peddling on this.

Interested to see if it changes peoples minds on the Xbox One. I know that I'm going to still move toward the PS4.

#4 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1542 posts) -

So does this mean discs will be required for installed games?

#5 Posted by onimonkii (2467 posts) -

this gave me what i can only describe as "a chuckle"

#6 Posted by Vincenzo (141 posts) -

Wow. Smart move!!!

#7 Posted by frankepooz (25 posts) -

Its over, sony is finished xD

#8 Edited by chubigans (16 posts) -

I'm sure there will still be region locks. Still, crazy news if true.

#9 Edited by ApertureSilence (1157 posts) -


#10 Posted by betterboulder (190 posts) -

Somehow that would piss me off even more

#11 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11488 posts) -


And WAR, son!

#12 Posted by Mister_V (1459 posts) -

Holy shit

#13 Edited by Slique (133 posts) -

Holy shit balls.

#14 Posted by Giganteus (203 posts) -

What a twist!

#15 Posted by Spitznock (638 posts) -

Good on them. (This guy's still getting a PS4 though.)

#16 Posted by AlisterCat (5785 posts) -

I'd say the damage is already done, but it will go a long way to appeasing people who pay attention and it will leak downward from there.

#17 Posted by Ihsahn (6 posts) -

This is hilarious if true

#18 Edited by depecheload (498 posts) -


#19 Edited by bkbroiler (1650 posts) -

Scoops scoopin' it

#20 Posted by MOAB (430 posts) -


#21 Posted by chilibean_3 (1721 posts) -

Whoa. That would be kind of crazy. This really is a battle, isn't it?

#22 Posted by lokilaufey (294 posts) -

@crono11: They have to if they want to actually be in a proper competition with Sony.

#23 Posted by posh (539 posts) -

so crazy

#24 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2504 posts) -

What? No. Really? No. What?

#26 Posted by DevourerOfTime (480 posts) -

I think my plan to wait for about two years from now to get a new console is already starting to pay off.

#27 Edited by Spaceyoghurt (162 posts) -

Hehe, sick if it's true.

#28 Edited by phuzzybunny (173 posts) -

Definitely didn't expect this if it is true but good on them if it is. Now just dump the bundled Kinect and I'm in first year.

#29 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (780 posts) -

WAIT WHAT? Sooo crazy if true.

#30 Posted by CarRacer (18 posts) -

These guys are PR idiots.

#31 Posted by Curufinwe (1268 posts) -

Now they should call it the Xbox 180.

#32 Posted by KarlPilkington (2783 posts) -


#33 Edited by Saga (181 posts) -

I just canceled my PS4 pre-order and pre-ordered the Xbox One!!

#34 Edited by GAFman (6 posts) -

"You're welcome" - GAF

#35 Edited by JRock3x8 (254 posts) -

that's HUGE

#36 Posted by Kerned (1170 posts) -

Well that didn't take long. Still not buying one.

#37 Edited by Rayeth (1072 posts) -

Scoops is scoopin' even though he's about to move cross country.

I hope this pans out, but we'll see.

#38 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

I'll believe it when I see it, but given how hard Microsoft was pushing for all of that DRM in the first place, simply pulling a 180 doesn't exactly exonerate them in the court of public opinion.

#39 Edited by jas0n (38 posts) -

I hope that despite the reversal, buying a physical copy also means you get the digital licence to download it whenever you want. I can't see how that works with the reversal of policies though :(

#40 Edited by Efesell (723 posts) -

Fuckin crazy if true.

#41 Edited by MOAB (430 posts) -

@curufinwe said:

Now they should call it the Xbox 180.

oh shi-

#42 Edited by thornbush (37 posts) -

Holy shit! really?

#43 Edited by kalnet101 (108 posts) -

This is gonna be good.

#44 Posted by Toug (343 posts) -


#45 Edited by shinboy630 (1226 posts) -

Jdh will be most pleased

#46 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3824 posts) -

From a PR perspective, it's too little too late. They've lost a lot of dedicated customers for even attempting it.

Still, this is a good thing, but with the lower price of the PS4, I'm still probably gonna get one of those first (but neither until the first price drop).

#47 Edited by SupernormalStep (199 posts) -

of course they reversed it. They couldn't stick to their guns after the horrible beat-down at E3. It's sad that it took that to do it though. I doubt they listened to "fans" as much as listened to the cheers Sony got.

#48 Edited by GreigWatt (56 posts) -


#49 Edited by GuardianKnux (269 posts) -

Fantastic. I bet they'd have to have a notice on some games boxes that say something like "requires online connect to play" when it comes to games that use the cloud.

#50 Edited by Tondo (150 posts) -

Holy shit if true ! Already pre-ordered the console, even with all the DRM stuff in but I wont complain if they decide to remove them!

Competition is good as they say.. but lets wait for the official word first.