Microsoft Follows Sony by Dropping Xbox One DRM and Mandatory Internet

It was bound to happen after the beating Sony gave Microsoft this past E3. Microsoft has announced that 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.

In addition — 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….and the PS4.

However, Microsoft has kept the $499.99 price.


  • Arron Clements

    Fair play to MS for listening to consumers but I guess that they had no choice really. I’ll be getting a PS4 because its cheaper and theres no mandatory camera, what MS tried to do has left a sour taste in the mouth. The announcement also shows up “the powerz of the cloudz” bollocks for what it actually was, the contempt that MS has for gamers and our intelligence is so blatant that it reminds me of Sony in 2006.

    I’ll be sitting the XBONE out for a good few years.

    • Duke

      Agreed. Not buying for a while if ever.