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Xbox DRM Gets a Significant Upate from Microsoft

Xbox DRM checks will not happen anymore on Xbox One disc games unless it is required to install the game before playing.


has often caught heat for its Xbox DRM practices. More specifically, how the company handles licensing and customer ownership of single-player games. Players should own these games once purchased and not need to go online to access them. However, since 2013 and the launch of the , Microsoft was requiring many games to go online to complete access.

Let's just say this, the rules of Microsoft's Xbox digital rights management (Xbox DRM) are confusing. These are the documents that highlight how Microsoft's systems use digital content on a license server. In other words, what is the company's stance on customer ownership is.

One of the big problems with the DRM is that games that shouldn't have an active DRM often do. Microsoft says it is now changing this controversial methodology. According to Xbox engineering lead Eden Marie, Xbox build 2206 reduces how many DRM checks are in place for Xbox One game discs.

Marie points out day one updates may still require check-ins if the full game is not available on the disc:

“We examined data since Series X|S launch & determined the online compatibility check isn't needed in the vast majority of cases for Xbox One discs. Some games may still need to be updated online after install to ensure the best experience.”


Let's be clear, no one is really calling for DRM check to go away. In fact, they are fundamental protection against piracy and copyrights. What Xbox games want is a smoother experience and a clearer system from Microsoft.

These latest changes go some way towards creating that simpler system.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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