Don Mattrick has posted a press release on the Xbox Wire regarding the Xbox One and its DRM policies. “You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc”, Mattrick wrote, in part. “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.”
“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.”
“Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”
Mattrick also states that in addition to buying a retail disc, if you download games via Xbox Live on release day those will also be playable offline. “Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.”
This will affect some features that were previously announced for the Xbox One. “Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.
“Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year”, Mattrick concluded.