Official: Xbox One no longer requires internet connection, supports pre-owned games freely

Microsoft has pulled a reversal on its policies regarding the Xbox One. Taking consumer feedback into account (and likely early pre-order numbers) , Microsoft has updated how the Xbox One will handle pre-owned games and internet connection — two policies which Microsoft and the Xbox One were highly criticized for.

Here are the new changes to the Xbox One:

  • 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.

"We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity," said Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick. "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."

June 19, 2013 will be a day to remember for gamers. For today, gamers proved that our voice will be heard and that big corporations need to listen to the consumers.