Microsoft Reverses Xbox One DRM Policy, Kills Required Online Check-In
By Louis Ramirez, dealnews Senior Feature Writer
The Xbox One is reborn! In perhaps the biggest public display of backpedaling the tech industry has seen in recent years, Microsoft announced yesterday that it will terminate the Xbox One's much-disputed DRM policy, which would have restricted the way users trade, lend, and resell their games. The company also nixed the console's required 24-hour online check-in, which would have prevented users with limited or no Internet connection from playing games.
"We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds," wrote Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. The blog post went on to say that regional restrictions would also be dropped. Previously, the Xbox One could only play games bought from the country of origin where the console was purchased.
After losing the E3 war and being ridiculed by Sony in a brilliant viral video, Microsoft has finally made amends with its fan base in hopes of winning gamers back. It's a good thing too, because if our own readers are any indication, it wasn't looking good for the Xbox One.
However, the console will still be $100 pricier than the PlayStation 4, so some gamers might still side with Sony. Readers, now that Microsoft has dropped its most controversial "features," are you back on camp Xbox, or will you be sticking with Sony?