Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, has made a blog post with an update on Xbox One. Which is a big deal. It pretty much is an answer to anyone and everyone who has been complaining about some of the Xbox One shortcomings that has been announced prior at E3.
Don stated the following:
- 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.
- Microsoft is even drop region-locking — you can play a game from Japan on an Xbox One from America, for example.
- Rental games are allowed.
So, does this change your view on the Xbox One? I know it does for me that’s for sure. We already have PS4 and Xbox One on hold for us here at GameGravy so we’re not too worried. Which system are you leaning towards now?