Xbox One DRM Free, Loses Some Features

Yesterday Microsoft had announced some major changes to the Xbox One DRM and Always Online Policy.

The Xbox One will no longer require to play offline Xbox One games, meaning that once you put the disc into the console you will not have to check in every 24 hours to play a game. There will no longer be any limitations to using and sharing games, it'll work out the same way it does today.

There will also be no more regional restrictions on the Xbox One.

Xbox Live Vice President Marc Whitten states that...

"You could buy a console in any country and use it in any country, you can use any disc in that console."

However,  in an interview with Kotaku the V.P.  is stating that now due to this change a few features will be lost in the process.

Marc Whitten states...

"There's a few things we won't be able to deliver as a result of this change, one of the things we were very excited about was 'wherever we go my games are always with me.' Now, of course, your physical games won't show up that way. The content you bought digitally will. But you'll have to bring your discs with you to have your games with you. Similarly, the sharing library [is something] we won't be able to deliver at launch."

What this means is that two features are being cut, to our current knowledge ONLY two features are being cut from the Xbox One, we might lose some more along the way but only time will tell.

The feature of having your full game library travel with you is gone. Specifically your DIGITAL library but you will still be able to download games digitally on day one of release.

The second feature that is gone is the sharing up to nine other "family" members has also been cut.

The ability to play your games anywhere feature would've been tied to the idea that all games you own must be installed into the system in order to run. You would be able to play those installed games from any other console you were logged into, since that's no longer the case, you still need to bring a disc to your friend's house or anywhere where you could've played on the Xbox One.

Whitten then goes on to say...

"The way to think about it is that it works the way it does with the Xbox 360, you can give them, loan them, trade them, play them. They will work exactly as they do today."

The reason for these policies on the Xbox One according to Marc Whitten was because...

"We believe a lot in this digital future. We believe it builds an amazing experience - the ability to have a broader sharing platform and my content coming with me [but] what we heard is people still wanted more choice... they wanted the familiarity of the physical disc."

For more on this story here is the article on  Kotaku

__________Personal Thoughts______________

Update: I do understand that the features lost was something a lot of people were looking forward to. I'm sorry that you lost these functions.

Don't lose all hope of these features being gone forever, Microsoft will probably bring these functions back in someway shape or form. 

Probably even better than the original function.

Stay positive Xbox fans.

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