Microsoft Removes Restrictions from Xbox One; No Longer Requires Check-In to Play Games Offline; Allows Sharing

     June 19, 2013


At E3, Sony basically dropped the mic and walked away.  Microsoft had fumbled horribly with Xbox One by telling gamers that the system would need to check-in online every 24 hours just to play games offline, and that gamers were restricted the buying, selling, and loaning of used games.  Meanwhile, Sony responded thusly when promoting the PlayStation 4.

Now Microsoft has done the only thing they could do: relent.  Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick has announced that they’ve listened to the complaints, and basically let Xbox One operate the same way as the Xbox 360.  It was a necessary change to get Microsoft back in the game, but will it be enough?  Each system will have exclusive titles, but Xbox One will still cost $100 more than PlayStation 4.  The trade-off is a system that brings in Kinect and also tries to replace your cable box.  If that’s worth it to you, click here to pre-order the Xbox One.  Hit the jump for Mattrick’s announcement, which includes a list of all the changes the company has made to the Xbox One.

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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. 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.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. 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.


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  • Gambit

    Where is the PS4 pre-order link?

    • Still a fan

      Yeah at this point I don’t want to hear about Microsoft punt their system down the stairs. I was 50/50 on this now it’s PS4 all the way

      • Romsy

        Yes, because you MUST choose a side! There can be no middle ground! You must love one and hate the other! These are the rules for no particular reason!

      • GunzOfNavarone

        At the end of the day Microsoft were happy to eff the consumer and told us to buy an xbox360 if we wanted to play offline. Although they’ve now gone back on that, it was still the initial response. They’ve only caved in because of the money they were going to lose out on.

  • Nate

    Neither Sony or Microsoft won this round, the consumers have!

  • Javan Clark


    You still have to connect (once) in order to use the system.

    • chandler Bing

      If you’re not going to connect your console at least once, you might as well not get it. Nor a PC. You shouldnt even game actually.

      • Jeoffrey

        I have never connected to the internet to play my PS2 or Wii. If they force you to connect to play, they remove the flexibility of being a console and at this price, better buy a PC for gaming. In fact, the a PC is more powerful, has far better graphics if you put the money into it, has many more functions and can be played either with a Keyboard or a controller to suit your playstyle. Microsoft has forgotten what makes a console a console and why people buy consoles over PCs in spite of the huge power creep between the two. Hopefully, Nintendo and Sony did not let us down. After all, they have much more experience in the video game industry.

  • The Question

    Might sound like a conspiracy theory, but is this a New Coke move by Microsoft? Tease coming out with a product that infuriates the consumers, then go “Hey, we love you guys! We listen to you guys! Here’s what you wanted!” And now they look like the personable company that listens to their fans and is more consumer friendly. Not just some giant faceless technological conglomerate.

    • Huh?

      Since when is it in a company’s best interests to piss off their customers and then have to go on the defensive?

  • Yurine

    Xbox one-80.

  • Indiana

    Pre-ordered my PS4 last week after 8 years with Xbox. Even now, with the changes in place, I still can’t get past that huge kincet camera watching and listening, and also that $100 price difference.

  • Austin

    Xbox is so stupid! They just lost so many costumes.

    • Ben

      And those costumes looked so good on them too :(

    • kc

      What costumes would they be?

  • ScaredForMovies

    I guess Microsoft realized they were coming off like a bunch of arrogant assholes. Better late than never. I don’t really care about the online connection. It was trying to control consumers buying/selling/trading of games where I drew the line. It’s greedy corporate bullshit.

    • Terry Hancock

      MS dropped the ball on this. It’s too late to back track as far as I’m concerned. MS have announced their intentions and there is nothing preventing them from changing things around again 12 months down the line, after we have been suckered into buying a Xbox one because they ‘ listened ‘. This is how it should have been from day 1. Nothing but pure greed, and as others have said; ps4 is $100.00 cheaper.