Microsoft has done a 180 on its universally maligned DRM policies for the upcoming Xbox One. Yes, universally maligned. Every Alpha Centaurian I've spoken to thought that 24-hour check-in requirement was crap on toast.
In case you missed the news, the Xbox One can now be used offline (after a mandatory day-one update), games are no longer region-locked, and discs can be freely lent, resold and rented.
Awesome, right? We gamers love the ability to game offline when the servers crash, import foreign titles, and play more games than our budget would otherwise allow through the judicious use of rental services!
Of course, we also loved the PS3's backwards compatibility and Other OS features before Sony removed them with a system update…
Say, you don't think Microsoft is just going to reinstate those nasty old DRM policies somewhere down the line do you? Sounds like a poll topic to me!
Will Microsoft, mindful of the extended public ass-kicking its received over this stuff, keep the status quo for the duration of the Xbox's lifespan? Or will a future system update enable 24-hour checks and cripple our ability to trade and lend games? Vote in the poll then expand on your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com. As always, EZK and I will discuss the results on next week's podcast which should be significantly shorter than the last one.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen