Xbox One Online Requirement and Used Game Restrictions Gone!

The Xbox One will no longer require an internet connection to play single-player games, not even once a day, and games will be freely able to be traded.

I am honestly surprised, and I am absolutely loving it.  Microsoft has gone back on most of their listed requirements for both an internet connection and the ability to share or trade games between people.

What's that?  A total policy reversal?

The announcement comes on the heels of E3, where Sony formally announced to the world how the PS4 would not be following in Xbox One's footsteps with an internet requirement or the difficulty in trading or playing used games.  Polls taken after the event have shown a decided advantage, at least within the core gaming community, being given to Sony's upcoming console over Microsoft's.  Further unsettling Microsoft fans came news of deployed servicemen who would be unable to play an Xbox One being suggested to just stick with their 360, implying Microsoft simply did not think they should be able to participate in the next generation of consoles.

The new announcement thanks all of Microsoft's fans and supporters for the feedback they have given over the revealed information about the upcoming Xbox One.  They note how much their supporters...

...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.

They go on to list changes to the normal functionality of Xbox One.  For starters, it will not ever require an internet connection for the sake of single-player games.  This seems to apply to both digitally-downloaded games and to games owned on disc.  This alone is a huge deal, as it means those deployed servicemen and people like me who are simply in complicated circumstances can plausibly use the console.  The second major change is zero limitation on the ability to trade, rent, loan, and gift games owned on disc.

Good Guy Microsoft?

A part of me wants to applaud the changes made, but at the same time I recognize this is not something to truly applaud.  Microsoft made their announcements, they obviously are not doing this because they think it is the right thing to do.  This decision is based on the assessment of their potential profits and the negative feedback they were getting as a direct result of the choices they made with the direction of the console.

I am glad the Xbox One is not going to be so closed off, but it will take more than me being capable of using it at all before I will be likely to trust Microsoft is concerned about my personal best interests again.

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Published Jun. 19th 2013
  • Lui Galletto
    I wonder if people will let up with the hate after this huge change. Probably not but it makes my initial decision seem all that much sweeter.
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    Frankly, I hope they don't. My real problem with the Xbox One was not that I wouldn't be able to use it in practicality, but the attitude the requirements displayed in the heads of Microsoft. That attitude couldn't have changed so fast, only the recognition of our response to it.

    Microsoft will have to earn trust back.
  • TygerWDR
    Featured Contributor
    One stipulation. "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." So you still NEED to set up your XBone online. For servicemen going overseas, no problem. You do it while at home base, take the box with you.

    How about people who can't afford a high-speed connection? Yes, they exist. How about people who, based on where they are in the country, can't get high speed? I lived in rural Wisconsin, they didn't run cable that far and they told us it wouldn't be worth their money to do so. I suppose you could register it at the store, if you're going to a Best Buy or similar. But there's still a problem of "NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET ONLINE MICROSOFT!"

    But a step in the right direction. Now I just wonder what caused them to make a total turnaround on what they were so passionaly defending at E3? "The wave of the future!" They weren't going to budge at E3, they defended it... what happened? I wanna know who got sacked.
  • SexyGamer
    Featured Contributor
    I've met many people who don't have a connection, it's always shocking but there is a lot of poverty in the US
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    If you can't afford an internet connection, you most definitely cannot afford a brand new gaming system and afford the games to play. So I really don't want to count that.
  • TygerWDR
    Featured Contributor
    That's not always the case. There are a lot of people who buy consoles and don't have 24/7 internet with it. There's some college kids who can't connect in their dorm rooms because the rules won't let them use gaming systems on university lines. Or how 'bout people who don't have a wireless router and really don't feel like trying to fish 500' of cable through the walls? Or in the case of the military players, you're 200' below sea level and on break.

    It's not always about "poverty", sometimes it's just circumstance.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    You're right! I'm saying just the specific category of 'too broke to pay for internet' circumstance. There are soooo many circumstances where the required internet is screwing people over, one that it is not is for people who can't afford internet. My opinion is if you can't afford internet then you should be playing kick the can, not buying gaming consoles. If you can't save a dollar or two a day to pay for internet then how are you going to save up for a gaming console. Even going to buy an N64 would be out of your price range at that point, because of how they are becoming rare and coveted antiques.
  • Liz_6480
    Ok the ps4 is 399 vs Xbox one is 499 . Xbox is asking for way to Mhc mony for 1 thing and 2 thay made console all big and 3rd you can buy used game you have to buy tham new . SO I AM GOIN WITH THE PS4 .

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