In an incredible turn of events Microsoft have announced that the controversial ‘Always On’ internet connection and the limitations placed upon trade in games has been reversed.
Following constant complaints, concerns and general trolling on a mass scale from all corners of the internet, Microsoft in their blog have responded to the masses and announced the following changes.
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.
So only once will you need to connect your Xbox One to the internet, this will be the initial set up, the entering of your Microsoft account details and any updates that may or may not have been released since the launch and your subsequent purchase.
No longer will there be any limitations as to who or how you get rid of your old games. You can give them for free, sell them, barter, however you wish, the downfall, whilst the game may still be installed to your hard drive, the disc will now need to be in the tray, just like it does in the 360.
My Thoughts – I think that the majority of people out there are being stupid and naive. Whilst I understand the concern over always on (people living in rural areas, poor or spotty internet services, or people in the armed forces) I am stupefied by the idiots that were worried about the whole gifting, renting, lending and re-selling of games. It was shot down before it even came to fruition, for all we know it might have been awesome. The fact that you could install your game to your hard drive, go round a friends, log into their Xbox and play your games was awesome. The whole notion was brilliant, but no. The internet hath spoken.
As a small aside, Apple are rarely criticized for their ‘innovation’. Removing floppy disc drives, removing CD drives, all in an attempt to further technology and our digital footprint.
I don’t like Apple, and here I am defending them, look what you have done to me internet, I hope your happy.
Source: Xbox News