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Old 06-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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CONFIRMED: Microsoft to Reverse Xbox One DRM Policies

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CONFIRMED. Microsoft is in the process of announcing the changes: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

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Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

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.

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 important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

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.

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.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that 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. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.
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According to an article posted on the X360A frontpage, Microsoft could be reversing all its policies TODAY.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/n...-Policies.html

Obviously, stay tuned to X360A for updates and to any gaming website you use for news.

Let's see what happens!

(I've posted this here for people who don't typically check the frontpage)
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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Did they announce that they were making a statement today?
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If this happens they will win the console war. I will preorder and Xbox One as well, and I am sure a lot of people who are switching will come back.

Until it is official by Microsoft though, and they admit they fucked up and are changing it. I will not buy the One.

Cmon Microsoft this can be your chance to get an old customer back!
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Well this is good to hear, this is one of the only reasons I'm still sitting on the fence, the Internet thing does not bother me at all if for some reason my Internet is down for more than 24 hours I will use my mobile signal. Simple!

It's good to hear Microsoft are listening because this is the big issue & I'm not talking about the tramps who sell this on the street.
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Did they announce that they were making a statement today?
The rumor says they are making the announcement today. I haven't seen anything from MS on Twitter about any announcements other than the past week or so, they have been saying to watch for information/details to come in the near future.

EDIT: I think all this traffic has brought down Giant Bomb as I can't access the website or article. GameInformer just posted about this rumor and included "This news follows our interview with Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer, who assured us that Microsoft is listening to community feedback." at the end.
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Even if they do change things now they can always change them back later... like when 25 million consoles have been sold.
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I would give a big sigh of relief if this is true.

The only thing I don't see on that list is info about the Kinect, but as long as I can shut that off I'm happy.
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If this does happen I will pre-order today, just make it happen Microsoft.
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Pretty surprising. Though I'm already dreading all the haters feeling justified in their vilification. I really hope they have a solution for the library however... I'm guessing Microsoft didn't think their policies would go over nearly as bad as they did. Reeling from the constant misteps by its PR team and executives they've maybe decided to bite the bullet and slowly find a proper alternative to gain the original intention the "DRM" was intended for.

Ironically people will still need to be online in this future generation, that much is clear. What I mean is, why would you not want to do your utmost to BE ONLINE? You'd be willingly enjoying less of a game.
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Finally some good news. But being the skeptic that I am, I'm waiting until this gets officially announced by Microsoft before I break out the champagne.
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Why am I not remotely suprised? It's their job to meet demand and I can't think of anyone that like's DRM, DRM is a joke, is hurting the gaming industry.
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I flat out admit that if this proves to be true, all the reasons I have for criticizing the console will be no more and I'd definitely make this an early second purchase, rather then the original 'Wait a year' plan. :3 So fingers crossed!
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Even if they do change things now they can always change them back later... like when 25 million consoles have been sold.
I doubt they would just switch it back temporarily to trick everybody. But I mean, at this point, they are a worse company than EA by far, so I wouldn't out it past em.
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I doubt they would just switch it back temporarily to trick everybody. But I mean, at this point, they are a worse company than EA by far, so I wouldn't out it past em.
EA is the worst company per vote by angry gamers. MS is not a terrible company either.
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I'm not going to get my hopes up until there is some form of confirmation either.
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EA is the worst company per vote by angry gamers. MS is not a terrible company either.
So now polls matter?
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I'm half wondering whether this was their plan all along (if true). I mean, it got it tons of coverage, and everyone talking about it.

Time will tell I suppose.
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So now polls matter?
I was pointing out that EA was voted the worst company by a bunch of angry gamers. I wouldn't take that seriously. Nor would I consider MS a terrible company just because people are unhappy about certain policies.
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I'm glad they seem to be getting the message but Microsoft has set the record for wishy-washy corporate blunders so high with this public relations nightmare that I'm hesitant to believe anything they say now, good or bad. They very seriously need to regroup and figure out what and the hell is going on. I want an entire new presentation explaining the smallest of details to me when the dust settles from this fiasco. This is fucking embarrassing to watch.
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Damn. If this actually happens, a lot of people will be content.

Com'n Microsoft. Do it!
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I was pointing out that EA was voted the worst company by a bunch of angry gamers. I wouldn't take that seriously. Nor would I consider MS a terrible company just because people are unhappy about certain policies.
Of course they're not the worst, but many people do consider them to be bad because of their policies. Hoping this changes.
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As I stated before, the drop the Kinect requirement and thus makes the system cheaper and I will buy the system.
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