Following a wave of negative reception from the public, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they're reversing controversial policies regarding the forthcoming Xbox One console.
Specifically, the 24-hour online connection requirement has been dropped, with the company plainly stating, "An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games." Also, there will now be "no limitations to using and sharing games." In the statement from Don Mattrick, Microsoft's president, interactive entertainment business, it was emphasized that policies for both matters going forward on Xbox One will be the same as current ones for Xbox 360.
The statement also emphasized these changes were motivated by the response from gamers, writing, "my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback."
At last week's E3 conference, Xbox competitor Sony made it clear that they were instituting no such online requirements or used game restrictions with their upcoming console, the PlayStation 4. Xbox One is scheduled for release in November of this year.