Microsoft has lifted a DRM hurdle for disc games on Xbox


Insert a disc and play. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Microsoft is making it easier to play games on your Xbox Series X, even if it’s offline – starting with update 2208 released earlier this month, you won’t be required to do an online compatibility check to play to a game from an Xbox One disc (through Windows Central). Instead, you can just insert the disc, install the game, and play. no internet connection required.

The change, which isn’t listed as a feature of update 2208 on Microsoft’s site, was confirmed by Xbox Engineering Manager Eden Marie, who tweeted that verification was removed because it was not needed “in the vast majority of cases” when playing a cross-gen game on Series X.

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