And just like that, the results of the upcoming console war between Microsoft and Sony are far from certain. Microsoft has, via a post from Xbox head Don Mattrick, canned most of the online requirements for the Xbox One console. The way that used games will be handled has also been tweaked.
The Xbox One will be required to go through a one-time online setup, following which any disc based game can be played without ever connecting to the internet again. That 24-hour check-in? It’s toast. Of course, standard restrictions will apply to downloaded titles, much like the current Xbox 360 functionality.
As far as used games go, Microsoft is also dropping all of the previously announced restrictions. According to the company, “it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”
What this means for South African gamers is that, when the console launches here, players will be able to access Microsoft’s new library of titles in the same manner they have with the Xbox 360. Cue several thousand local gamers breathing a sigh of relief. But now Sony’s dominance of the next console race isn’t as certain as it seemed to be last week.
Mattrick said in his post “We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”
Source: via AllThingsD