Microsoft has listened to the outcries of the gaming community and is rolling back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet.
It has made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.
Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post Wednesday that an Internet connection will no longer be required to play games on the Xbox One after its initial setup, and users can share and play games like they have on the Xbox 360.
That should go a long way towards easing gamers’ worries about privacy and the used game market. But most buyers will neither know nor care either way.