Microsoft admit they got all that Xbox One game-sharing stuff wrong and they're sorry and that...

20 June 2013

It’s a corporate U-turn on a par with the time that Coca Cola ditched New Coke or when Argos stopped releasing noxious gases into their shops (or did we imagine that one?)

Yes, it’s daft old Microsoft, who have had a significant change of heart over their upcoming Xbox One console and how owners will be able to use the machine that they’ll have paid a vast amount of money for.

Previously, the stupid company had said that severe restrictions would be placed on the sharing of One games and that users would need to ‘check in’ online every 24 hours just to be able to play the bloody things altogether.

Xbox One is shown during a press event unveiling by Microsoft in Redmond

This didn’t go down well with the world’s citizens and a massive outcry soon followed. Well, Microsoft has sat up and listened and there’s going to be some ‘policy tweaks’ before the One is released.

Microsoft big banana Don Mattrick says:

"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."

And with that the 24-hour rule was ditched. Mattrick added:

"After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again."

But that’s not all – the restrictions on re-selling your One games have disappeared in a puff of green smoke as well, and there will be no limits on what you can do with your games in terms of sharing, lending, borrowing or throwing out of a 15th storey window.

Regional locks will also be removed, meaning that games can be played globally, no matter where they were bought. It’s like some kind of beautiful hippy dream, and no mistake.

So let’s just all pretend that the whole furore about sharing, lending and reselling games, along with online check-ins didn’t happen, shall we? Cool.

TOPICS:   Games   Gadgets


  • Don D.
    I'm not too sure about all this, since I don't play games. But sounds this its going to be the game developers who will suffer because of this backtrack. But I could be wrong.
  • Chewbacca
    ^Why the fuck are you commenting if you, by your own admission, don't have a clue what the article is about? You utter, utter, fucking moron.
  • Mac D.
    Both of your comments are utter wasteful, and now so is mine!
  • sofa k.
    Please won't somebody think of the childen!
  • Tim W.
    People is really feeling that, so that should be real flavour.
  • Inspector G.
    @Chewbie The articles authors rarely have any knowledge about the subjects they're writing about, how can you expect the commenters to have any worthwhile input? Also, your mum bums foxes or something.
  • samuri
    Have they used an old VCR mold for the case?
  • Chewbacca
    @Couch Prince You utter paedo. @Constable technology Chewbie is someone else. @Ninja It's "mould", not "mold". You pair of fucking spastics.
  • Chewbacca
    Go on, I fucking dare you.
  • chewbacca's c.
    I fuck my dead mum!
  • Chewbacca
    @cmilc Good for you. Now, fuck off and let the adults talk. You fucking moron.
  • Maximus
    Madness listening to the idiotic sheeple. Who wants to keep having to put the damn disc in the machine or have to cart it with you when it could be easily stores in the cloud to share with 10 friends.
  • Paul C.
    @Chewbacca You can spell it as either mold or mould. Dicksplash.
  • Chewbacca
    @Ex TV serial tosser No, you can't. There is no "mold" in British English. Stop trying to correct me when you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. You utter fucking moron.
  • Paul C.
    Clearly. Go wank yourself off to George Lucas' childrens films, you sad keyboard warrior.
  • tiderium
    I don't get the game industry wanting a second bite of the cherry on a second hand game. You don't see Ford, Honda, BMW bleating on that its not fair they don't get a cut of the car when it's in the second hand market so why should game makers be any different. same applies to houses, tv's stereos.... every other product on the planet, but the makers of a computer game seem to see themselves differently.

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