In the wake of Microsoft’s stunning backtrack over it’s DRM and online-connection policies for the new Xbox One, it has emerged that several new features previously heralded will now no longer be available, at least on launch.
That includes the ability to share games between up to ten family members, and also being able to play disc-based games without having the disc in the console. It also means that new consoles will require a patch at launch to enale the future/past scenario of disc-based gaming.
Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten has spoken to Engadget about the change, also admitting that another casualty of the change is the ability to digitally access disc-bases games:
“There are some things — the family sharing stuff is an example — where as we move to this system, that functionality goes away.”
“You’re gonna see your online content but you won’t see your physical discs.”
It’s not all bad news, however, as this change has resulted in one new additional feature; One game disc can now act as a copy for several people, on install at least. Whitten explains;
“If I had a physical version of my game and I went to your house, we played, and then I left with my game, you could actually buy the game instantly with no download.”
And since the Xbox One automatically installs disc-based games onto the console’s hard drive, it basically means that it will install the game on any Xbox Console you play the game on.