Microsoft released update 2206 for the Xbox Series X|S in June 2022. In addition to common performance improvements, the update brought silent news to the company’s most powerful console. Now, there is no longer the need to be connected to the internet to play discs from Xbox One or the Series itself. So, if your connection drops, you can still have fun with the physical games you have in your collection.
Despite offering a powerful system and a highly praised subscription service, Microsoft has always been criticized for its DRM policies. “Digital Rights Management” serves as a way of protecting digital creations, which may require constant online access to verify the veracity of a product.
As a result, whenever a user wanted to play a disc title on the Xbox Series X, they needed to be connected to the internet to access the DRM and start playing. In other words, no internet, no gaming.
The good news is that after update 2206, the American company removed this need from most games. In this way, players can now enjoy their physical copies without having to be up to date with the internet.
However, classic Xbox or Xbox 360 games still need the network as data is not used directly from the discs. As well as the titles called “stubs”, such as Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinitewhich do not bring all the content in their physical versions.
Of course, the Xbox Series S is not affected by this, as the console does not read discs. Using an external Blu-ray player doesn’t work either, because the system doesn’t recognize it.
Xbox Series X grew in OLX searches
Gamers continue to want to get into the current generation of video games. In August 2022, the sales platform OLX saw growth in searches for both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Just to illustrate, Microsoft’s system saw a 38% increase while Sony’s was up 22%. Prices are the big draw for the consumer, as he can save about 26% when buying second-hand appliances.
Surprisingly, the Xbox One is still the best seller at OLX, just ahead of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4. This is probably due to the user wanting to get rid of their previous model to acquire a recent console.
With information: Engadget.