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According to Patrick Klepeck on GiantBomb, Microsoft is set to announce a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today. According to his “multiple sources”, we’re looking at:

  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
  • All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
  • Authentication is no longer necessary
  • An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
  • All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
  • Region locks have been dropped

 

If this ends up being true, it would be a huge boon to future Xbox One owners, giving them the “features” they should have had in the first place. Obviously, the Xbox One is still $499. But that pricetag wouldn’t seem so harsh, if it can be offset by the knowledge that your library has value beyond a one-time use. Right of resale is important, after all.