Update: Microsoft's statement is now kind of up. That is, it's up enough to read, even if the site doesn't fully load. In an official statement from Microsoft's Xbox head Don Mattrick titled "Your Feedback Matters" he states they're completely dismantling the Xbox One's used game and online requirement policies. All details below have been confirmed.
However, interestingly, Mattrick adds one detail that was otherwise unsaid before. All Xbox One games will be downloadable day one and these downloadable titles cannot be shared or resold. Whether this is a result of the dismantling of the old online policies or not, well, that's what the consumer wants right now... correct?
Update: Microsoft has just released an official statement regarding the changes to their Xbox One used game and online requirment policies. The site went up and then went down. We're watching for when the link goes back down again. Gar, this is agonizing.
"Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest."
Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek is reporting from multiple anonymous sources that Microsoft has completely reversed its Xbox One policies regarding online requirements and used games. An official statement from Microsoft is rumored to be coming later today. Just days after an E3 where Microsoft took a figurative beating at the hands of Sony and Nintendo, this near unbelievable news marks a stark shift in policy when as recent as yesterday executives were still defending the decisions.
Here are the specific policy changes Microsoft will announce today, according to Klepek's sources:
- Onine Policy: The Xbox One is removing a majority of its online DRM, including the 24-hour check in requirement and console region locking. An internet connection will still be required to setup a console.
- Disk-Based Ownership: All disc-based games will run as they do on the Xbox 360, that is they run from the disc and not a digital account. No restrictions will be implemented on traded or loaned games. No online authentication is required, including for downloaded games which will function both online and offline.
We'll be sending out emails seeking official confirmation, though according to Klepek official word will be coming soon. As soon as we know more, so will you.
Note: Giant Bomb's website has been taken down, but the details above are accurate with reference to his report.