Microsoft Drops Used Xbox Games Restriction
Backlash among gamers forces change of policy for Xbox One...
Microsoft has performed a major U-turn on plans to restrict the use of secondhand games on its forthcoming Xbox One console.
The electronics and computing giant had previously said that it would use digital rights management (DRM) to make sure that only the original owner of a videogame could use it.
But a backlash among gamers now appears to have forced the company to change its mind on that issue - and also on the requirement that the console must be online at least once every 24 hours.
Instead it will only need to be connected to the web when first set up.
"There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360," explained Microsoft's president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick in a statement.
"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.
"We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
"Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year."
The company is also dropping region restrictions from games - meaning that titles bought in any country can be played on any console.
The Xbox One was revealed to the world a month ago.