news\ Jun 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Apparently Microsoft can't win, despite changing the Xbox One DRM rules


Today, for most gamers, felt like a win. It felt like finally, we were able to stick it to The Man. We actually MADE A DIFFERENCE! Microsoft, after many days of constant berating and disapproval of their new DRM structured Xbox One, has decided to listen to feedback, and completely get rid of DRM, allowing the Xbox One to function exactly like an Xbox 360. 

This was of course a shocker for most, since Microsoft has stated that there will be many benefits from having a console that requires to have a constant internet connection, or have to check in every 24 hours. Regardless though, it seems like they've realized their grand mess up and completely reverted back.

The new page which highlights the changes says this:

  • 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.

Great news right?! You'd think so. Except there are many gamers who are actually upset about a result from this DRM change. See, the Family Share plan which allowed you to pick any 10 people (didn't have to be family) would allow those 10 people to play any game in your library, regardless of their location. Turns out, many actually were looking forward to this new plan. Of course, they have to take into account that this plan certainly seemed much more appealing with the DRM restrictions in place.

Now that DRM is gone, people are actually complaining that the Family Share plan is no more. Not only are various sites blaming those who voiced their opinions against DRM, but there are tons of people voicing their anger toward this change.

These comments have been taken from a Neogaf thread which can be found here.

Well, that sucks. Didn't care about the DRM or the check-in, but was very excited about the Family plan.

It seemed so awesome :(

HUGE disappointment...

Yeah I think I liked the old policy better. Oh well, I recognize that it's a personal, specific use case thing.

And this is a very small example, there are tons more. HUGE disappointment? Man, it seems like Microsoft just can't win.

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