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Microsoft changes Xbox One policies after outcry

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:58 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

NEW YORK » Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.

Microsoft Corp. has been criticized for vague statements about whether it will allow Xbox One buyers to play secondhand software. Gamers also expressed distaste for a requirement that the console be connected to the Internet once every 24 hours.

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post Wednesday that an Internet connection will no longer be required to play games on the Xbox One after its initial setup, and users can share and play games like they have on the Xbox 360.

Mattrick said the changes are in response to feedback Microsoft received since unveiling plans for the console in May.

"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," he wrote. "Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world."

In a shot aimed at Microsoft, rival Sony Corp. announced during last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles that its upcoming PlayStation 4 will not require a regular Internet connection to work and that the company won't try to restrict used game sales.

Both consoles will go on sale later this year, the Xbox One at $499 and the PS4 at $399.



Mattrick's post: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

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bender wrote:
It wasn't the public outcry that Microsoft heard, he was the sound of cash registers not ringing up sales.
on June 20,2013 | 05:27AM
Chazdad wrote:
Same thing ......... DUH
on June 20,2013 | 05:38AM
krusha wrote:
Hopefully they decide to drop the price too to match the PS4.
on June 20,2013 | 06:58AM
stogie002 wrote:
Give it year....
on June 20,2013 | 08:03AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Gossipbook, streaming videos, and video games is the new America? Hello China passing us in the left lane.
on June 20,2013 | 07:16AM
soundofreason wrote:
My kid calls it Xbox Done
on June 20,2013 | 07:18AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Let's see. The Xbox One costs $499 dollars. The Xbox Live Gold costs approximately $60 for a year of online play. And that doesn't include the actual game to play online. After five years of usage (about the lifespan of a game console) you will have spent $300 for Xbox Live Gold. So calculate that into your costs and you will have spent approximately $800 for this gaming console. And that's before you buy the games. The PS4 costs $399 and online play is . So it would cost you $399 for five years of gaming compared to Xbox One which will cost you $800. So owning an Xbox One will cost you double to own. I think the decision will be simple for those who want the most for their money. As for the kids, a lot of spoiled kids will be celebrating this Christmas with a lot of cheer. As for my kids, they will just have to work harder to earn the money to buy that new console if they want one. I have seen how these spoiled kids have turned up and am glad that I don't just hand my kids the money to buy things. They have turned out to be responsible kids that value their valuables and understand what it takes to earn money. I cannot say enough how important it is not to just give allowances and free money to kids.
on June 20,2013 | 09:15AM
TLehel wrote:
So should we call it the Xbox One-Eighty now?
on June 20,2013 | 10:22AM
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