Microsoft has finally made its stance on the Xbox One's DRM clear. The company has revealed on its official website that the console won't have anything that blocks used game sales by default, but publishers can use their own form of DRM.
“We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers,” Microsoft explained on its official site. “Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.”
“Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers,” the company added. “Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers. Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this.”
Loaning games to friends comes with a lot of restrictions
You will also be able to loan your games to friends, albeit this comes with a lot of restrictions. The friend that you are loaning a game to must have been on your friends' list for at least 30 days before you can give it to them, and the bigger restriction is that you can only loan a game to a friend once. If they so desire, publishers can add their own restrictions to this.
However, the Xbox One has a system in place where you can share a game with up to ten members of your family. These family members will be able to access your shared games library from any Xbox One.
Other than that, the company has also revealed that players will need to be connected to the Internet once every 24 hours in order to play games offline. This number is reduced to every hour if you are accessing your Xbox One library from a different Xbox One.
“With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library,” Microsoft explains on its official site. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”
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