Through a statement on Xbox website, the president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, Don Mattrick said that they are doing away with the 24-hour connection requirement and that gamers can enjoy their disc based games after the initial one-time setup “without ever connecting online again.”
He further announced that there will no limitations on use and sharing of games and “it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”
Explaining the reasons behind the U-turn Mattrick said that he and his team have heard directly from many games and kept a close eye on things like comments and feedback. “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.”
The backlash from gamers started soon after details about the Xbox One were release during the E3 conference where Microsoft explained to journalists about the DRM measures that the company had put in to place. Company representatives explained that users would be required to install a game fully onto the Xbox One before they could play it and the game was be watermarked to its original owner. Any attempts to sell the game, even a boxed copy, would be controlled by Microsoft.
Another such requirement was that the console has to be connected to the internet every 24-hours for users to continue playing their disc based games offline.