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Xbox One DRM policy reversals “great news for gamers”, says GameStop

Thursday, 20th June 2013 00:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

GameStop is very, very pleased about Microsoft’s decision to open the Xbox One to used games – and so are its shareholders.

“GameStop welcomes today’s announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox One,” a representative told Polygon.

“This is great news for gamers and we applaud Microsoft for understanding consumers and the importance of the pre-owned market.”

Polygon also reports that the retail chain’s stock price rose 6% in after-hours trading, after suffering several drops whenever gaming press breathed the words “blocks used games” in the lead up to the reveal of new consoles.

The Xbox One will use a similar disc-based system to the Xbox 360, Microsoft confirmed today, cutting a number of licensing features but also allowing users to share, trade and rent games. Oh, and it’s going region-free.

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  1. Francis O

    This is great news for gamers everywhere. I deserve the right to buy, sell, trade, or do what I want with a game I purchase with my money.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Hvitdverg

    Great news for Gamestop, is what hes trying to say.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. salarta

    Is anyone else looking forward to finding out how Bleszinski tries to justify this reversal after having bitched and moaned about Sony for doing the right thing? :D

    Normally I don’t care one bit about anything he says, but now I’m genuinely looking forward to finding out what hoops he tries and fails to jump through.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DSB

    Great news for Gamestops stockprice.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    now we need to fight the pay2play online… and day one dlc crap… and release game only when finished, not when it is unfinished. so we don’t have to patch it from hell and back when we put the disc in…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. POOP CRUSTY

    Duhhh. Now they won’t go bankrupt. Anyways it is great news! I was planning on getting both consoles with a big asterisk on the X1. Now I can enjoy my Halo :D

    #6 1 year ago
  7. POOP CRUSTY

    @5
    Well for the unfinished part. That’s on the publishers hands. If they give you a release window and it’s not met… Your job is in jeopardy.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Kanok

    Cheer!!

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Meta_Dragon

    Oh good, Gamestop will stick around to rip off gamers. Hooray for them.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. nostramo

    I’m not convinced by what i’ve heard, microsoft has had to do something quickly to ensure that xbox1 sells, i honestly believe that the drm and anti used policys that have just been reversed will gradually be reinstated once they have a healthy installed user base, you know the script, a firmware update here a firmware update there, one things for sure, microsoft usually gets what microsoft wants, and this is no different, watch this space people.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Vice

    @10: ok it will work once and what then? Do you think people will change their minds after next generation? Or that we’ll forget this move? Nah, they’re not that stupid to do something like it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. DrDamn

    Got to wonder how much retail had to do with the change in policy. Also awaiting the news that Gamestop suddenly have more stock available to pre-order…

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Kieran

    yea good news for them so it is !!!

    #13 1 year ago