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Microsoft Ditch Xbox One 24 Hour Check in, Trade Limitations


Microsoft have had a lot of frank feedback over the last few weeks, and it seems they’ve decided to act on it. They’ve announced this evening that they’re ditching almost everything that was previously announced for the Xbox One, good and bad. While the 24 hour check in and trade limitations are no longer going to be a part of the system, they’re also getting rid of the family sharing, digital selling and trading.

It works exactly as the 360 did, for better or for worse. At the very best it may turn around public opinion, at the least it will at least put them on a level playing field with the competition.

This was revealed on the official Xbox website earlier today, although load is a little slow as of publication.

  • 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.

How exactly things are going to change, and if this will result in a delay for the Xbox One, has yet to be revealed.


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