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Microsoft Backs Down on Controversial Xbox One Online Requirements, Used Game Disc Trading

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Quick, someone set the Complain-a-tron to 'Price cut!' This thing actually works!!

Microsoft faced a lot of backlash from fans when it revealed that the Xbox One would need to 'check in' with Microsoft every 24 hours via the Internet. While the company denied that there was an 'always connected' requirement, this meant that gamers without internet access realistically wouldn't be able to play games on the console. When asked what gamers without internet access should do, Microsoft said they should stick with the Xbox 360. Needless to say, that statement didn't go down to well. Now it seems the company is willing to play ball.

Speaking via a blog post entitled 'Your Feedback Matters to Us,' Microsoft's Don Mattrick revealed that the comapny has done a 180 on a number of sticking points for users.

"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," he wrote. "I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One," he continued adding that the company has decided to make a few changes based on the feedback it has received.

First off, you won't need an internet connection to play games offline. After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. This doesn't really help those that don't have any internet at all, but it's something. There will also be no more limitations when it comes to trading, reselling or sharing games. Mattrick says trading, lending, reselling, gifting, and renting disc-based games will work the same way as it does on the Xbox 360. Redmond is also doing away with regional restrictions, which means you can play your games on any Xbox console.

This should go a long way towards undoing the damage caused by the initial negative reaction to the console but is it enough to make people change their minds?

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    vmem , June 19, 2013 3:14 PM
    LOL, well that was quicker than I thought...

    Windows 8.1's giving us Start Button back too; and they're now giving away the touch type cover for Surface Tablets for free... what's up with MS lately? they seem to just make bad calls and then back down on them
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    bigshootr8 , June 19, 2013 3:16 PM
    Still the damage has been done with Sony being more affordable m$ already screwed themselves over at E3
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    noobzilla771 , June 19, 2013 3:17 PM
    Now we just need at least $50 price cut and we'll call it even. $75 maybe?
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    voiidwulf , June 19, 2013 3:18 PM
    This sucks. I was thoroughly enjoying MSFT's suffering.

    Now there will probably be some of my friends who get Ones instead of PS4. Before it was 100% Sony.
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    edogawa , June 19, 2013 3:21 PM
    At least they are learning from their mistakes, somewhat...
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    falcompsx , June 19, 2013 3:22 PM
    now about that price...
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    bobusboy , June 19, 2013 3:23 PM
    Now just waiting for them to drop mandatory Kinect.
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    littleleo , June 19, 2013 3:32 PM
    Well its a step in the right direction, perhaps there is intelligent life in MS after all.
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    cepheid , June 19, 2013 3:35 PM
    While I applaud MS removing their head from their ass there's still the discrepancy between hardware specs:

    XB1 = 5GB 2133MHz DDR3 effective RAM
    PS4 = 7GB 5500MHz GDDR5 effective RAM

    XB1 = 768 GPU cores
    PS4 = 1,152 GPU cores

    XB1 = 1.34 TFLOPS
    PS4 = 1.84 TFLOPS

    XB1 = Requires proprietary HDD (Much like Apple this means they can up the price for no reason)
    PS4 = Removable and easily replaceable non-proprietary drive
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    lancelot123 , June 19, 2013 3:36 PM
    You have a typo, it is called the Xbox One Eighty.
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    cepheid , June 19, 2013 3:36 PM
    While I applaud MS removing their head from their ass there's still the discrepancy between hardware specs:

    XB1 = 5GB 2133MHz DDR3 effective RAM
    PS4 = 7GB 5500MHz GDDR5 effective RAM

    XB1 = 768 GPU cores
    PS4 = 1,152 GPU cores

    XB1 = 1.34 TFLOPS
    PS4 = 1.84 TFLOPS

    XB1 = Requires proprietary HDD (Much like Apple this means they can up the price for no reason)
    PS4 = Removable and easily replaceable non-proprietary drive
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    PedanticNo1 , June 19, 2013 3:37 PM
    A large company . . . responding to consumer feedback!? The masses have finally learned to not buy! HUZZAH!
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    renz496 , June 19, 2013 3:38 PM
    So MS in damage control right now. Still there is no guarantee that they will not going to implement this again albeit slowly in the future. Luckly i don't have to worry about all this because i only play games on pc :p  . the only console i ever owned was PSP
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    culgor , June 19, 2013 3:41 PM
    In this day and age, Internet access is the same as any other utility. We don't have an uproar because Microsoft didn't provide a method to play the XB1 when the power is out!?

    We live in an always connected world, and need to realize that just like us, our devices can be always connected too.

    I am glad they changed their policy regarding used games. This is a thriving market that needs to be available for the good of the community.
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    ScrewySqrl , June 19, 2013 3:42 PM
    nce that they are backing down, but PS4 still has DDR5 vs XBone's DDR3, and a 2.4 GHz vs 1.9Ghz processor and more launch games
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    Immaculate , June 19, 2013 3:43 PM
    Now Sony needs to make PS+ optional and stick with free internet gaming.
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    gigantor21 , June 19, 2013 3:45 PM
    Wow, just a week after Sony stomped them at E3--a week in which they trotted out execs several times saying that they wouldn't change their strategies and that consumers would love their vision of the future.

    This big of a PR flop is the stuff of legends.
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    unimatrixzero , June 19, 2013 3:46 PM
    What this tell you is that Microsoft didn't just listen to people's demands since they kept insisting on their restrictions. What they listened to is money. They saw the pre-order numbers of the Xbox One and PS4 and saw themselves losing market share and their reputation. If there's anything we can all learn is that the peoples' voice is heard when people vote with their wallets. Microsoft listened to this which is a positive thing, whereas many other companies fail by listening too late.
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    nevilence , June 19, 2013 3:46 PM
    dont know why everyone keeps pointing out the specs difference? xbox 360 had crap specs vs the ps3 and both did very well. the only thing they are failing on is the price difference
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    aoneone , June 19, 2013 3:47 PM
    BAHAHAHHA TOO LATE XBOX ONE! I'm laughing... I'm sorry but it's just TOO late. Mattrick you said tough nuggets and go with xbox 360 and now you change your mind?!?!? Bwaaahhahahahaa!
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