Microsoft U-Turns on Xbox One DRM, Will Allow Used Games & be Region Free


Last night Microsoft announced, via the official Xbox website, that it had taken a ‘U-Turn’ on its original Xbox One DRM Plans, which means that the Xbox One console will now play used games without any kind of restriction, futhermore these games (along with the console) will have no regional restrictions, thus making the console region free.

Originally Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would requrie a connection to the internet every 24 hours (when in use) otherwise the console would not be usable, futhermore Microsoft confirmed that pre-owned games can be used on the console if an activation fee had been purchased (This ‘activation’ method was left to the discretion of the publisher). Well now Microsoft have officially confirmed that these DRM plans are now scrapped, meaning that Pre-owned users (and people with limited internet access) will now be able to use the Xbox One console as they desire, rather than how Microsft desires.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

•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.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

In order for these changes to become activated the Xbox One console must be connected to the internet during it’s a inital setup (most likely to download a Day 1 console patch).

Xbox One will be released worldwide in November 2013.

  • Dan Whelan

    I’m in between two minds about this news. It’s great that this sort of makes MS ‘back in the game’. But I feel we’re not progressing much in this coming generation. Being able to play without having to swap discs would have been fantastic, guess I could still buy all my games digitally.. pricing still isn’t great though on digital releases.