They listened to their analysts
I dont see where they have done a 180. Those answers look like typical vague media comments that arent worth a bag of assholes. No the Xbox doesnt need to be constantly connected, but it does need an internet connect. That supports the existing comment that it would need to log on once a day.And as to on selling games, The answer above still supports Microsofts original plan of being able to sell to registered pre apporved retailers so MS can take their cut.Will have to wait until "they have more to share later".
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.So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means: •An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.•Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions. These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray. We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
So family sharing is out then? If there's no restrictions on re-selling games, what publisher would sign off on having their game shared by up to 10 people.I didn't really have much of a problem with what they were doing, apart from making the console phone home once a day to let you play. Not that I'm getting an Xbox One, at least initially.
Might buy a cheap secondhand 360 when these drop. just to play the last of us.