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Gamers Win! Microsoft Removing DRM From Xbox One

by Sean P. Aune | June 19, 2013June 19, 2013 1:57 pm PST

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Microsoft has officially announced that it is indeed removing the DRM and Internet requirements from the Xbox One.

Following up on rumors that hit just moments ago, Microsoft has officially announced that it is removing the Internet requirement from the Xbox One. There will be a one time requirement to be connected to the Internet at the time of set-up, but after that there will be no limitations on playing your games offline as had been previously stated.

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.

As for the limitations on renting, selling or sharing your games for the Xbox One, those have been removed as well.

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.

The previously announced region locks have also been lifted meaning you will be able to play your games no matter where you are in the world.

In short, the gamers have won.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...