CONFIRMED: Microsoft To Drop Used Game Restrictions, Online Requirements


"Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, 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. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

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. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

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.


Wonderful, Great!


Victory for common sense. I wonder if Sony’s strategy for the PS4 played a part in this decision by MS?


I’ll say the same thing I said in the other thread:

well that would be cool if they listened to their consumer. However, what’s to stop them from switching stances again once everybody buys it? Its a software thing, not hardware so they could change it at any point


A step in the right direction, but not nearly good enough - the XBox One is still far too expensive.


Still an over-priced, non-backward compatible mess. No.

Wonder how long before they stop supporting all the apps and licensing deals on the 360 and force everyone to “upgrade.”



When the original Kinect was introduced, they implemented the whole spying BS. It flew under the radar because they knew no one reads the terms and conditions. And who would if you just got home and plugged it in either?

Microsoft have introduced this as media machine that phones home. Microsoft are also implicated in the recent PRISM scandal. They know full well that this kind of behaviour is best kept hidden away from the average user. And yet they still engage and profit from it.

Whatever your stance is on data harvesting, you have to admit that this is a shoddy and disrespectful way of treating your paying customers. I am sick of being told that if I have nothing to hide then what’s the problem.

They’ll never get another penny from me. They cannot be trusted. The machine is still over priced and sub par to PS4 too.


Sony’s probably sharing your information as well. And it’s not like it’s all that hard to prevent the Xbox from sending data. It won’t be sending video or anything like that, most likely any information it gathers would be stuff like what type of people are playing games or watching content, which is of more use to game developers and advertisement than the government.


Sony probably punched them in the gut enough times that they decided to say “uncle.”



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I’m glad that they made a complete mess out of their launch announcement over this and have had to capitulate. The initial strategy was motivated by an attitude of lets suck every last dime we can out of our customers. Praise be for competition, if it wasn’t for Sony deciding to not play ball with similar arrangements this back tracking would not have happened.


This is the exact reason why they should not have changed their stance. Their vision was misunderstood even by their own heralds, and now they have alienated anyone that might have shared their vision for the future.

For what? To receive more ridicule and whining from “consumers” that never intend to purchase their product?


Ridiculous thing to post. You have no way of knowing what % of complaints came from actual xbox users.


You don’t have to go any further than a few posts away to see that it is a measurable enough amount of consumers that it is relevant and absolutely not ridiculous.

I did not say that everyone voicing their opinion were not xbox users, and it is just as ridiculous to imply that everyone that has anything to say about it is an xbox user. Even to assume that everyone being vocal about it is a potential xbox user is a stretch.

Some people love to hate Microsoft, and are capitalizing on the opportunity. Would you disagree with that sentiment?


Oh noes, here we go again with the childish “You people just hate MS and everything they do!” excuses. How is that relevant here?

I am only speaking for myself and no one else. I have a 360. I have no intention of buying an Xbone due to the “features” MS has decided to include. Your contention is that since I am not buying one, it should invalidate my reasons for not buying one? Maybe you should head on back to youtube - they are running short on stupid comments over there.


I totally agree with you. The gaming world is chock full of raving fanboys who will use any opportunity to blag on a rival manufacturer. You can be sure that a huge portion of the complaints/insults online were from Playstation owners who’ve no intention of ever buying an XBox.

I’m glad that Microsoft have listened to the complaints though. While I still think the price is too high and I’m not happy about the lack of backward compatibility, I’m still going to get one of the new XBoxes as I like the XBox exclusives (Halo, Gears of War, etc).


It’s relevant insofar as that regardless of what Microsoft do, there will be waves of complaints and whiners. You can’t win.



What, exactly, do you think Microsoft are spying on? Is the Kinect secretly scanning your living room and your face, or something?


Hell, I’m not even playing this game! If both consoles disappeared tomorrow, I wouldn’t shed a single tear. I just don’t care that much. :shrug: