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Let me first start by saying that no matter if your a Sony Fan-boy, you hate Microsoft or just do not like the Xbox, today is a great day to be a gamer and consumer. With the removal of all the polices Microsoft had planned for the Xbox One, it goes to show that as gamers our voice matters and this day is a win for consumer ownership.

With Microsoft getting rid of all the restrictions they had in store for the Xbox One, this will surely put them back in a competitive position by the time the system launches. However, it should be noted that the Xbox One will still cost $500 and there will be a hefty day one patch in order make all these changes possible. There is a lot of information to take into account from this announcement and here the breakdown of everything Microsoft has officially said:

  • Internet connection is not required for you to play games offline – This means that the Xbox One no longer need to check in online every 24 hours in order for you to play your games.
  • Used games work like they do now – Once you buy a game, you can resell, trade, lend and rent games at your own pleasure. There are no restrictions to how many friends you can lend games to and the game’s disc will not be block.
  • Dowloadable games are playable offline – You can download full games on its released date and a lack of internet connection will not prevent you from playing them.
  • There is no region locking – This means you can buy games from other countries and they will be playable on the Xbox One
  • When you first buy the system, internet connection will be required in order have all these features.

The full article from Microsoft can be found here.

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