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access_time August 28, 2013 at 9:30 PM in Microsoft by Charlie Grammer

Microsoft’s director of product planning doesn’t foresee the return of DRM

Xbox One DRM won't return, according to Penello.

Xbox One DRM won’t return, according to Penello.

Albert Penello, Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning, decided, after seeing a  NeoGAF thread, to attempt to assuage the fears of many gamers who are planning (or are simply on the fence about) to purchase an Xbox One.

Said Mr. Penello,  “I don’t want to open up an entirely new issue here, but here’s my shot. I don’t see that ever happening with content you’re buying today either on disc and digitally. All of that DRM stuff was in place because there was no physical security on the disc itself, so all the licensing was done digitally.”

He goes on to explain, “When you build that type of model, then you need to make sure people can’t install games on a bunch of machines, then unplug them. That would have made us an awesome Pirating machine, and that can’t happen for obvious reasons. When we went back to disc security, those DRM policies weren’t necessary. So no reason to turn it on later.”

What do you think? Is this just a coporate director saying what he believes gamers want to hear? Or is he being honest?

Thanks, OXM.

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