xbox-oneXbox One has been let out of the bad and even though there was some pretty col new things happening with it, Microsoft seemed to be closing off some of the game sharing abilities. Also hacking folks off was the need for internet connection to play games. Today Microsoft has announced it has been listening because “Your feedback matters”. They have made some pretty big changes to the way you can use and share your games. Check it out:

  • 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.

So here is a pat on the ass Microsoft for listening to folks who really matter, the customers.



  1. WRONG! not way to go… gamers just screwed themselves out of so much its not even funny!

    imagine consumers making noise about itunes… where would we be today?

    imagine consumers making noise about netflix.. where would we be today?

    yea… not its starting to click huh? people really put their foot in their own ass on this one!

    I am ashamed to be a part of this and disappointed all across the board! the features lost with this decision out weight the “no drm” shit ten fold!

  2. It is interesting that what I perceive as a small minority was able to sway Microsoft in short order. Maybe Redmond needs to focus more on hard core gaming and less on a full featured entertainment console. Hope I can still watch Netflix with my pre-ordered XB1.

  3. Well haters and crybabies of media always get paid by Google and Apple to spew garbage about MS, no matter of what they did. I think they still cry into their pants even after this anyway otherwise their lords at Google and Apple will not be happy.

  4. Sorry, a system that makes your console completely useless for the games YOU paid for if your internet goes down for 24 hours and people are surprised that it didnt go down well? The opinions of those who like to/have to game offline are irrelevant and are crybabies and haters? Maybe if MS had offered a good middle ground they could have succeeded but basically telling some of its current userbase to go take a leap is patently ridiculous.

    It was MS’s system, they could have designed it to have all the features they presented for digital downloads and let disc based games continue as is. In typical Microsoft fashion though they cut off their nose to spite their face. No surprise it all comes down to how bad MS is at PR, they just dont seem to have a clue on how to sell their products.

  5. @Ramon
    I should have put /sarcasm at the end of my “Way to go Microsoft” response. :). I also hate losing the cloud enabled game sharing and other features. It is nothing but Xbox 360 with different processor now. The features are just hidden to appease some fools in the industry, and those who cry and pee in their pants when it comes to Microsoft otherwise their lords at fruit and copy machine companies will not be happy.

  6. Well, the XB1 might actually have a chance now.

    Believe it or not, there are people out here that dont have access to internet at home due to high costs or their rural locations not having the infrastructure in place to support it.

    I had initially written off the XB1 because of the inital announcement about the handling of internet and used games. Because I only buy used games and up until last January, had not had internet for the past 5 years, I simply could not afford Comcast internet prices. My employer paid for me to have internet at home for this year otherwise I would not have it now. At the end of this year, I might not have internet at home again. So, there ya go, Its a valid concern for folks to want a system that does not require internet and that has the ability to buy cheap used games. Sorry.

    Lots of Love,

  7. Maybe they should have made an XBox1a and XBox1b. I will probably never purchase a game (my nephew may buy a few although he is a PS fanboy) and my device will be connected to the web 24/7, unless my connection goes down. And in that case, DVD movies would be the only option anyway. And yes, I will use my XBox1a every single day as an entertainment device.

    The XBox1b, I would envision as a gamer device, with no Internet connectivity requirements. And of, course the game sharing limitation. Would that make everybody happy. If you don’t have access to an always on Internet connection anyway, the XB1b would not have any limitations.

    Or maybe a single device with a setup screen. Once you commit to a or b, no turning back without a hard reset. That would work.

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