Remember last week when we broke down the essential features of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 and promised we would keep you updated as new information came in? Well, we’re folks of our word so here’s a brief update on the great next gen console debate.
On June 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM, from the desk of Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft issued a press release announcing the removal of two controversial features from the Xbox One that many gamers were unhappy with.
He states, “Since unveiling our plans for the Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback…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 import to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.”
Mattrick’s statements then lead into his announcement that a) an internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games and b) players can trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today. These are two huge updates for the Xbox One.
A one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One will be required, but after that, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. Microsoft has removed the 24 hour connection requirement and turned off region locking, allowing you to take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Microsoft also lifted the limitations on using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360. In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, gamers will have the option to also download games on Xbox Live on day of release. Downloaded titles are not subject to being shared or resold however.
The press release closed with Microsoft thanking the community for their passion, support, and willingness to challenge assumptions. Microsoft believes the removal of these two controversial features shows they’ve listened loud and clear and want to give players the best of both worlds.
As time has proven, this isn’t the last time we will hear from either Microsoft regarding the Xbox One or Sony regarding the PS4, so we will continue to stay vigilant and update you as new announcements are made.
What do you think? Is Microsoft a little late on the draw, is this change up of features a game changer for you? What are your concerns for the other Xbox One features the gaming community found disagreeable such as the price, or the Kinect One? Let us know in the comments below or to view the official announcement for yourself, click the link below.