Mere moments after Microsoft made its now-famous about-face on disc-based game restrictions for the Xbox One, the conspiracy theories began sprouting up. Microsoft was just pulling a bait-and-switch, the argument goes, and once all you suckers actually buy the system, the company is going to reinstate all those used-game restrictions and online requirements and laugh all the way to the bank AHAHAHAHAHA.
Most people wrote these concerns off as paranoid ramblings that failed to account for the business and PR realities inherent in such a disastrous move. But the folks over at gaming forum NeoGAF didn't leave it there, and they actually asked Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Penello to address these "concerns."
Penello's response predictably denied that any such thing would ever happen. "I don’t see [a return to the old DRM policies] ever happening with content you’re buying today either on disc and digitally," he wrote. "All of that DRM stuff was in place because there was no physical security on the disc itself, so all the licensing was done digitally. When you build that type of model, then you need to make sure people can’t install games on a bunch of machines and then unplug them. That would have made us an awesome Pirating machine, and that can’t happen for obvious reasons. When we went back to disc security, those DRM policies weren't necessary. So no reason to turn it on later."