Xbox One(80): All DRM Features Removed

June 22, 2013

In a surprising turn of events, Xbox has now announced that all of their DRM, like 24 hour checks, trade-ins, and even region locking has been removed.   It was announced on Xbox that all of their restrictions have now been removed, this is most likely in reply to everyone’s outcry on the internet, or Sony’s policies. Either way; It was bad news to the box. Here are  few quotes from their website:

  • 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.

So the infamous 24 hour check-ins. De-bunked into oblivion.

  • 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.

So used games are a go, trade-ins are a go, renting games is a go and region unlocked is a go- It’s all go go go!

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.

My comment for this paragraph;

We listened to your comments – ‘Comments are disabled for this video’

Unfortunately, this comes with some bad news. Due to the changes they have removed the functionality of the ‘family sharing’ which allows you to share your game with 10 people. Not any more.

But I think all of this kind of outweighs it…

If you’re wondering ( or not clever enough) to figure out why I put One(80), it’s because Xbox has done a 180 turn and gone completely back on themselves. :)

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