Microsoft announced that there is no online needed after initial setup as well as used games and lending working the same as they do on Xbox 360.
Don Mattrick, President of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business outlined the changes in a blog post.
“We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that 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. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”
Microsoft is dropping the requirement that the Xbox One will check-in with Microsoft servers every 24 hours and instead, the system will need to connect online for an initial setup at which point it can be used entirely offline. Rights to game purchases and rentals will work the same as they do on the Xbox 360 with players being able to lend games to friends, sell them, buy them used, or rent them without restrictions.
On top of that Xbox One is now confirmed to be region free matching Sony’s PlayStation 4 plan.
However, with these changes, Microsoft is also eliminating some of the functionality it previously said would be possible with Xbox One. For example, downloaded titles will not be able to be shared with other players, and disc-based games will require the disc to be in the system’s tray in order to run.