Microsoft Reverses Controversial Policies for the Xbox One

And here’s my source. The changes officially make the Xbox One a viable system. This begs the question of weather the $500 launch price is worth it and if you don’t have an Xbox 360, the additional $60 a year for Xbox Live. Today’s announcement also makes this blog post I made exactly one week ago moot.

Here’s the rundown on what specifically has been changed:

  • The One will by Region Free. In other words: You can play American Xbox One Games on a Japanese Xbox One and vice versa. Ditto for European Consoles.
  • No 24/7 internet connection required to play games. An internet connection will be required for first-time use but after that ALL games WILL be playable without being connected to the internet.
  • The Xbox One will support all used/preowned games free of charge and unrestricted.

And thus the Xbox One is worth buying. All that’s left is a last-minute price drop or something out of left field to warrant the $500 price tag. Other than that I’ll wait a few years before buying one.

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