"Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.
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. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.
So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360:.You'll still need an internet connection to set up your Xbox One console, but after that you can "play any disc based game without ever connecting online again".
That right there was one of the biggest news we have heard since Microsoft's deadly policies revealed at E3. You may think this is a good thing but in reality, it actually isn't, but why you ask? Simple because in theory, the policy is still there in fine print. Kotaku reports that that one-time internet setup procedure will involve downloading a day-one patch that enables the offline mode.
This is basically the same thing so unless you have an internet connection, it will still not be possible to play this. I was hoping that it was already installed on the X1 itself but I guess not. Just imagine the size of this update.
Essentially, the console is still always online unless you download the update which means if you still do not have an internet connection, it is still useless, which dates back to the useless Xbox One with policies. The only thing that is better about the new policy is that you can share, resell used games, but the always-online part is still there, it is just there once.
What are your thoughts?