It seems that Microsoft has taken heed as to what gamers are saying with their wallets, pre-order sales for the XB1 have lagged behind the PS4 (75,000 PS4 vs 45,000 XB1 as of June 15) so in a move that surprised no one MS decided to do away with the restrictions that drew the ire of the gaming community here's what Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft had to say on their Blog
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 — without any regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. Sharing games will work as it does today; you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Playing disc-based games will require the disc to be in the tray.
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.
Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.