Last week at E3 2013, Sony wiped the floor with Microsoft as the next-generation console wars waged on – Nintendo softly cried in the corner. After the press conferences, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the clear choice for many gamers over Microsoft’s Xbox One. Many Xbox 360 loyalists were left in the cold with the announcement of a mandatory 24-hour Internet connection and the lack of ability to share used games. But now it would appear that Microsoft has decided to backtrack on their decision. Learn more about the announcement after the break.
Let’s face it, video gaming as a hobby can be quite expensive and nobody has time to save all of their coins to get the latest and greatest titles as soon as they are released. Gamers want the ability to trade, sell, and buy used games. Not everyone wants to keep their games when they are done and many players want to share the fun with their friends. Who is Microsoft to tell anyone they are restricted from doing so? I’m sure Nintendo and Sony, being in the industry longer, laughed hysterically at this announcement while they capitalized on this opportunity to leap forward at E3.
From Xbox 360 to Xbox One, we should call this new system the Xbox 180 due to their decision. Microsoft must have taken a page out of Netflix‘s playbook – Qwikster anyone? – Microsoft made the announcement today on their reverse decision:
So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
- 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.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.
You can’t blame them for this decision. It was bound to happen. There’s absolutely no way the Xbox One was going to sell to a broader audience with those kinds of restrictions. Now with full apologies, the Xbox One should have a brighter future, especially since the console will already have the Kinect pre-packaged with the system for $499.99 while the PS4 will sell for $399.99 with the PS Eye sold separate for $59.99. Microsoft will have a decent hill to climb to regain players’ trust, but it’s still in the race.
Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are due out this holiday season. Which system will you be getting your paws on this year?
Source: Xbox Wire