Microsoft fights back and announces change to online and used game policies

Microsoft have listened to their fanbase and took action regarding there criticized used game and always online policies. Could this be the ultimate turnaround?

Microsoft stance proves fans do matter

In an amazing turnaround Microsoft have announced that the Xbox One will not require an always-online internet connection or even a need to check in every 24 hours. The console will now only need an internet connection on the initial set up.


“After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again,” Microsoft states. “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.”

Not only that but they have also had a change of thought regarding the used game policy and there will now be now no restrictions for trade-ins or lending games to friends. Instead, like with the Xbox 360, discs can be exchanged as always.

Fans reshape the future for the Xbox One

“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,” Microsoft’s Don Mattrick comments. “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.”


While digital titles cannot be traded the fact that discs can be treated and shared the same way as before negates many of the main snipes made at the console. The fact PS4 used E3 to take a swipe at Microsoft’s used game has now potentially back fired as Microsoft turn this completely around and even in to a positive – proving that they listen to gamers. Not just listening either but actually responding and taking action.

The console war continues

So now what?

For the last few weeks the media and social networks have been slaughtering the Xbox One almost solely based on Microsoft’s policies. This has led to PS4 undoubtedly taking pole position in the console war.

Has the fact a major part of the good feeling towards the PlayStation 4 is because it had no used game restrictions and online policies now a hindrance. The talk coming out of E3 was more about what Xbox One couldn’t do then what the PS4 could do. Now both consoles are back on equal footing.


This is all positive new for gamers. It proves the big corporations DO listen and gamers do have a voice. It also means as this console battle rages on we can now focus on what matters. The consoles themselves and the games and not DRM polices.

So what does this mean for the console war? Have your say below in the comments section!


Published: Thursday, June 20th, 2013 Last Modified: June 20, 2013

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