SBD/June 20, 2013/Media

Microsoft Changes Plans Around Used Games, Online Connection Needs For Xbox One

Microsoft late yesterday made an abrupt change in its terms regarding used games and online connection requirements for its forthcoming Xbox One gaming console following heated consumer outcry. The technology giant had planned to impose several restrictions for the Xbox One, set to be released late this year, that would have significantly limited consumer ability to share and resell games. The issue became a flashpoint at the prominent E3 gaming conference held last week in L.A., particularly when rival outfit Sony said no such policies will be imposed for its PlayStation 4. But Microsoft said yesterday it heard "loud and clear" from consumers regarding the unpopularity of its original plan. "While we believe the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content," Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick wrote in a blog post.
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