Microsoft Bows to Gamer Outrage Over Xbox One Restrictions

The Xbox One console is displayed on the final day of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Photograph by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Microsoft has backed away from used-game restrictions for its next-generation console, changing course Wednesday on its plan to require that users connect the Xbox One to the Internet once each day to verify their rights to the games played on the device. The reversal comes less than two weeks after the company initially explained how the technology would work, and it effectively matches the rules announced for Sony’s PlayStation 4, the main competition when both products go on sale later this year.

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