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?