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Microsoft Abandons Always-Connected Xbox One Strategy

19 Jun, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Microsoft June 19 abandoned plans to require owners of the upcoming Xbox One system to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours in order to play games, following pushback from gamers.

In a blog post, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, said the changes were a result of feedback from consumers, who came out against the connection requirement. Microsoft also backtracked on its policy that would have limited the number of times gamers could share used titles on the system.

“An Internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games,” Mattrick wrote. “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.”

Downloaded games will also be playable without an Internet connection, and there will be no regional restrictions on Xbox One games, Mattrick added.

“These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One,” he wrote. “The sharing of games will work as it does today; you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc-based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”

The Xbox One is due out November with a list price of $499.

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