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access_time June 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM in News by Peter Whitehead

Microsoft scrap plans for always-on and used games block


Microsoft have been forced into an unprecedented climbdown today after announcing that the always-online will be scrapped and there will be no limits on pre-owned games.

After a vocal backlash from many fans about the policies Microsoft say they have listened and changed the Xbox One because of this. Don Mattrick said in a post on the official Xbox site today that, “I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.”

The new plans are that while you will have to be connected to the internet to set up your console, there will be no requirement to be online again for disc based games. As well as this you will be free to use, sell, trade or gift your disc based games, with Mattrick saying, “it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

While this is no doubt great new for gamers it is an embarrassing U-turn for Microsoft. Only time will tell if it will be enough to win back the faith of many fans.


  • Ramon Aranda June 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Thank goodness! Just wish they’d do away with Kinect and lower the price $100.

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