Talk about a big reversal. Microsoft is seeing the light and has officially announced that the Xbox One internet connection requirement and DRM related to used games has been rescinded.
Microsoft previously said that users would have to connect their consoles to the internet at least once every 24 hours, this was intended to prevent game piracy. Offline gaming would be disabled if users did not connect to the internet. Thankfully that requirement has now been lifted. Now after a one-time set-up, any disc based game can be played without having to connect the console to the internet. Seems like common sense to me. I’m not sure why they ever thought that was a good idea.
Microsoft also says that users are free to trade-in, gift, resell, lend and rent disc based games like they do today on the Xbox 360. They state that “there will be no limitations to using and sharing games.” Downloaded titles can not be shared, but sharing of other games will work just fine. It’s great that they changed their mind, but all of this stupidity doesn’t give one much confidence in this console.