Microsoft executive Albert Penello confirmed to GameSpot in an interview that the Xbox One will allow digital game sharing later down in it’s life cycle.
While discussing the digital future of the gaming industry, Penello was asked if Microsoft would allow gamers to resell and lend their digital game:
“Well, actually I think if you go back and you look at some of the things we said, that was one of the places that we were actually trying to pioneer. We were trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games with your friends which is something that no one else was doing.
“I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand, ‘Wow, they did want actually to allow me to loan and trade’ which other digital ecosystems don’t want to do. And so, yeah, I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we’re focused on launch and we switched the program back to discs, because that’s what customers wanted.”
He then went on to say that he recieves daily request to bring back some the old Xbox One features that were tied into the whole DRM policy, stating, “We’d love to figure out how to bring that back. I still think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we’ll bring it back when the time is right.”
So maybe slowly-but-surely, we can start to see some of those DRM-tied features start being confirmed for the system one-by-one. This is great news, as I also stated that really, none of those features would require DRM or a constant internet connection to work in the first place.
More 180’s may be on the way.by