Microsoft changes Xbox One policies after outcry


07:46 AM June 20th, 2013


In a May 21, 2013, file photo Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment business for Microsoft Corp., speaks after unveiling the next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system in Redmond, Wash. With the world’s attention, the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in June could also serve as the ultimate opportunity for Microsoft to address concerns over the connectivity and privacy of the new system. AP

NEW YORK— Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.

Microsoft Corp. has been criticized for vague statements about whether it will allow Xbox One buyers to play secondhand software. Gamers also expressed distaste for a requirement that the console be connected to the Internet once every 24 hours.

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post Wednesday that an Internet connection will no longer be required to play games on the Xbox One after its initial setup, and users can share and play games like they have on the Xbox 360.

Mattrick said the changes are in response to feedback Microsoft received since unveiling plans for the console in May.

“You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you,” he wrote. “Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.”

In a shot aimed at Microsoft, rival Sony Corp. announced during last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles that its upcoming PlayStation 4 will not require a regular Internet connection to work and that the company won’t try to restrict used game sales.

Both consoles will go on sale later this year, the Xbox One at $499 and the PS4 at $399.

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  • indiosbravos2002

    PS4 for the win.

  • OneUp

    Nakakainis at binago pa nila. Ang ganda na ng ginawa nila eh. I can share my games to 10 of my family/friends and vice-versa without a disk. I can even go to my friend’s house and access my games there without bringing my disks. Pfft… we’re going to the old generation of playing games.

    • gilbs72

      Sana we can still do both. DVD and network.

      • OneUp

        Well, parang pwede nga both eh.

        1. Kapag disk purchase na Blu-ray sharing mo lang ay yung disk mismo. Kukunin na lang ng friend mo yung disk kung gusto nyang hiramin. Resell and trade ikaw na bahala tulad ng ginagawa ngayon.

        2. Kapag digital download naman gawin na lang yung gusto nilang sharing with 10 family/friends. Kunwari yung uncle kong nasa US pwede kong gamitin yung lahat ng games nya lalo na pagtulog sya. Pwede rin nyang gamitin games ko. Ang convenient! Sana ibalik nila ito! Well, meron pa namang five months before launching kaya marami pang pwedeng magbago. Hehe.

  • intsikbeho

    i really love some xbox games but i really hate Microsoft – The Worlds Largest and Most Successful Super Capitalist. The super hero/villain of capitalism, a batman and joker hybrid of sorts.

    i would sacrifice my enjoyment of these games and certain daily conveniences like windows and office in exchange to seeing this company crash and burn.

    • reddfrog

      Oh come on, you’re just trying to justify your pirating of their software.

      • intsikbeho

        now where’s the sense in that? lol

      • Ornbort

        android user. i cannot relate. bwahahahaha.

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Why would I be required to connect to the internet for an initial setup? I don’t play online games that’s why I don’t connect my console to the internet. (I upgrade using flash drive).

    Doesn’t matter to me anymore. I already pre-ordered PS4.

    1. No internet connection required whatsoever

    2. $100 (P4,300) less

    3. More powerful specs (but not nearly as powerful as a gaming pc)

    4. Great game lineup.

    The damage has been done. Microsoft initially thought that PS4 would follow suit. They were wrong; instead, PS4 used this to their own advantage.

    Let’s wait for a bargain about the same time next year. I’m fairly certain prices will drop by as much.

    Oh wait. PS3s are now selling like hotcakes. You must know, however, that PS3 games would not be backward compatible with PS4 so it’s highly advised not to throw out those PS3 anytime soon.

  • Lucky Luciano


  • blue_lights

    Too late, I already preordered PS4. No money for you, Microsoft!

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