A video from Hikikomori Media investigated what appear to be improvements to the Xbox DRM system, which now appears to allow offline access to owned games even beyond the restrictions that were previously present, after the September update.
In particular, according to what has been reported, it seems that it is now possible to always access the Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One games owned by the user offline, while it seems that online check-in is still necessary for the Xbox Game Pass, Xbox 360 games. and the first Xbox in backward compatibility.
This could also have emerged thanks to the controversy that arose on the management of DRM in Xbox consoles, which prompted Microsoft to partially revise the system.
There would remain the need for an initial check-in on the first launch of each game, which would no longer be necessary after a first time with regard to purchased games. Offline play was guaranteed even before by selecting your console as “home”, but there were restrictions in case this was not set or even other specific problems with other games.
The online request is also linked to the Smart Delivery infrastructure, according to which Xbox games even on physical media need to download additional data relating to the specific version for the platform on which they are played. This would be the reason for maintaining a first online check, but apparently the matter has been simplified with the September update.
As reported by the Twitter account “Does It Play”, which specializes in these topics, this update is a “step in the right direction”, although some problematic issues remain, such as the need for an online connection to complete the initial console setup. We’ll see if Microsoft will continue on this path with further simplifications to the online rights management system.
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