Microsoft drops 24hrs connection requirement for Xbox One

In a move to bring back the interest of the gaming community towards Xbox One, Microsoft announced a roll back on the controversial Xbox One features of mandatory internet connection requirement and game sharing limitations. This announcement comes in the midst of severe criticism that Xbox One has been facing since its launch. Whether it is the higher price of Xbox One over PS4 or its need to connect to internet once every 24 hours, the feedback from the gaming community has been unpleasant.

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After its launch, PlayStation 4 has definitely won more fans that Xbox One. The chances of early success for PS 4 are also much greater than Xbox One because of its powerful hardware and popular support. Hence realizing the immediate need to put up an end to negative sentiments, Microsoft came up with the changes.

Updating on the changes in Xbox One, Mr. Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business, said.

“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”.

The Big Changes in Xbox One

Microsoft bought changes in two controversial features of Xbox One which has received flak from many gaming enthusiasts.

  • No 24 hour Internet connection required now – Microsoft bought an end to this hot debated issue saying that after the initial setting up of the console users can play any disc based game without connecting online again.
  • No restrictions on sharing games – Clearing the air, Don Mattrick said that there will be no limitations to using and sharing games. They will work just like they do in Xbox 360.

So, while Microsoft’s new changes will help Xbox One narrow down competition with PS4, it will still have to deal with the price factor with Xbox One costing almost $100 more than PlayStation 4.

For the moment, it’s a smart move, Microsoft!

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