Microsoft Reverses Decision to Impose Restrictions on Used Games for Xbox One

XBOX One Console Family - H 2013

XBOX One Console Family - H 2013

Microsoft has reversed its unpopular decision to impose restrictions on used games for its new Xbox One console.

Last week at E3, Microsoft had said it would put restrictions in place to limit the sale of used games for Xbox One. Later that same day, Sony received enthusiastic applause at its press conference when, in previewing its competing PlayStation 4, it said it would instead allow players to lend, trade or resell used disc-based games as they choose.

Microsoft also said at E3 that it would require games on its system to "check in" over the Internet once every 24 hours to ensure the console is authorized to play a given game. Sony again received applause when it instead said this was unnecessary with PlayStation4.

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On Wednesday, Microsoft reversed last week's announcement. According to the Xbox web site, gamers may “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."

The company also said, “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.”

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, explained in the post: “We designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future. 

“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback,” his statement continued. “You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. … We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback."

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both scheduled for availability this holiday season, priced at $499 and $399, respectively.

The Microsoft statement can be found here.