Microsoft has caved in to consumer outrage over its plans to force owners of its forthcoming Xbox One console to connect every 24 hours in order to keep playing their games. The always-on DRM requirement has been dropped, and Xbox One owners who purchase games on disc will be able to sell and swap those discs just as they can now.
In a post on the Xbox site, Microsoft VP Don Mattrick explains the change of heart:
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.
One downside of the new policy? You'll no longer be able to resell digitally-downloaded games, which had been part of Microsoft's plans, and games running from disc will require the disc in the drive at all times. Nonetheless, it seems a sensible move given the general perception that Sony's PS4 represented a more compelling next-gen console option.