Microsoft have just revealed that their original plans to require an internet connection for authentication every 24 hours, lock down used games to a single console and lock regions have been reversed and the console will now accept used games on any console with a disk and have region free gaming.

The console now only requires you to have an internet connection when you are first setting up your console, rather than the console requiring an authentication every twenty four hours. Additionally, the console will be region free and any console will be able to use a game you own, once you have the disk.

“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. 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.”

This directly contradicts the response Major Nelson gave in a recent interview, stating that Microsoft would not change the console in response to their competitors, Sony. Microsoft are not known for taking into account the opinions of their fans (‘Deal with it’), however, the loss of pre-orders and consumer backlash must have been to such an extent that the console would be severely impacted.

Microsoft’s Facebook page was subject to a mass rebellion yesterday, as thousands of people posted messages, giving Microsoft ‘the finger’ using text to create the image, with ‘Sony wins’ written underneath. Today is a victory for gamers, as they have forced selfish corporations to cave in on their restrictive and immoral locking of purchased products instead of facing a massive loss of sales. Kudos to those who combated this DRM future.