So, I had a post already drafted discussing the implications of Microsoft’s used games policies, but then this mess happened. Microsoft has repealed most of it’s always-online, 24-hour check, busted no used games policy. From Xbox head-man Don Mattrick:
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.
Notice that you may still need to be online at least once to to validate your disc based games for that “one-time system set-up.” Otherwise, it seems like Microsoft actually realized that no one wanted what they were forcing on us. That isn’t to say the damage hasn’t been done or that consumers will be more inclined to change their minds about the company or the One. It should also be noted that the status quo of digital content will remain unchanged as well: you won’t be able to resell or share your digital purchases. Of course, this is basically what Sony just came out and said point blank on the E3 stage regarding PS4. It will be very interesting now to see how this plays out from now…