When Microsoft announced its next-gen console, the introduction raised more questions than it answered, and a few weeks later, during its E3 briefing, fans were starting to wonder whether a PlayStation 4 might be the wiser choice.
The main issues were its always-on requirement (checking in once every 24 hours, or you'd be stuck with limited functionality), privacy concerns regarding the Kinect "spying," a region-locked console, and sketchy rules about used games and trading them in.
Microsoft must have picked up on the cold shoulder it was getting from fans. In a stunning reversal, it issued a statement where president, Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick detailed that an internet connection will no longer be required to play Xbox One games offline, and fans can trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc-based games, as is the case with the current Xbox 360.
Mattrick also pointed out that there will no longer be any regional restrictions. You will be able to download games from Xbox Live on the day they are released in retail stores.
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