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Xbox One-Eighty: Microsoft Backtracks on New Console DRM

The Xbox One will not require Internet “check-ins” and will not impose restrictions on how games may be loaned or shared, Microsoft announced today. Early word of the announcement was first reported by Giant Bomb. The policy changes mean the game playing and sharing experiences on the One will be the same as they are on Microsoft’s current console, the Xbox 360. The company initially defended the DRM policies, including at last week’s game trade show E3, but backlash from gamers was apparently loud and fierce enough to effect a change.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work