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Gamer anger spawns Microsoft backflip on Xbox One restrictions

Published 21 June 2013 09:30, Updated 24 June 2013 06:00

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Gamer anger spawns Microsoft backflip on Xbox One restrictions

Xbox One will go head to head with Sony’s next generation PlayStation 4. Photo: Bloomberg

Microsoft has bowed to gamers’ demands and dropped plans for region zoning and restrictions on the resale of used games in its forthcoming third-generation Xbox console.

Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick revealed the backflip in a blog post on the Xbox website.

“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback,” Mattrick says in the blog post.

“You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.”

The Xbox One (which despite the name, is actually° the third Xbox) is due to be launched in the US later this year and will go head to head with Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Originally Microsoft had planned that the Xbox would require a broadband internet connection to enable developers to take advantage of cloud computing, but also to impose region restrictions and restrict the sale of used games.

This became a topic of fierce debate at the massive Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles earlier this month, with Sony emphasising the lack of restrictions on the PS4.

Mattrick says Microsoft will no longer require an internet connection to play offline Xbox One games and says users can take their Xbox One and play games wherever they want.

Trade-in, lending, reselling, giving and renting disc-based games will be unrestricted, with Microsoft abandoning plans to allow developers to impose a fee.

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