Microsoft makes u-turn on Xbox One features

Thursday 20 June 2013 08.07
Microsoft's Xbox One was initially planned to require regular access to the internet
Microsoft's Xbox One was initially planned to require regular access to the internet

Microsoft has reversed plans to implement a number of features on its upcoming Xbox One gaming console after a wave of criticism online.

The company has initially suggested that the Xbox One could block the use of second-hand games, stopping users from trading in old games or swapping software with friends.

Gamers also expressed distaste for a requirement that the console be connected to the internet once every 24 hours, as well as the decision to restrict the use of games to certain countries.

However Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post yesterday evening that an internet connection will no longer be required to play games after its initial setup.

He also said that users will be able to share and play games like they have on the company’s previous consoles.

Mr Mattrick said the changes are in response to feedback Microsoft received since unveiling plans for the console in May.

"You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you," he wrote.

"Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world."

In a shot aimed at Microsoft, rival Sony announced during last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles that its upcoming PlayStation 4 will not require a regular Internet connection to work and that the company would not try to restrict used game sales.

Both consoles will go on sale later this year, the Xbox One at €499 and the PS4 at €399.