Microsoft Dropping Xbox One Online Restrictions

In a complete turn-around from their previous stance on how the Xbox One would work and interact with an online connection, Microsoft has stated in a blog post that they will be dropping all online restrictions other than an initial online check for setup.

Seems that the fallout from players and other internet pundits on the internet has convinced Microsoft that their requirements for constant online connections or even the once every 24 hour check in was not in their best interest.

The blog post states;

After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

They also stated that the sharing of games would be just like the Xbox 360 and that there would be no regional requirements for games on the new console.

The did state that these changes would impact some of the features of the console;

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

Good news for Xbox One fans, and that should take a lot of pressure off of Microsoft for their rather draconian initial stance on the way the console would operate. Hit the source link for full details.