When playing on an Xbox Series X, Microsoft has ditched its online checks for Xbox One discs.
During service interruptions, the online requirements for Xbox games have previously been under fire for being blurred. Download and offline games have been rendered unplayable.
Microsoft has recently made a slick change to the checks that were made when launching games on Xbox Series X. There are no online DRM checks for Xbox One discs for anyone making good use of the Series X''s backwards compatibility. (Of course, this was not an issue on the disc-less Series S.)
Eden Marie, an engineering partner at Xbox, said on Twitter that Xbox One discs may now be played offline. Based on findings since the Series X/S launch in 2020, the Xbox team "determined" that an online compatibility check isn''t required in the vast majority of instances for Xbox One discs, according to Marie.
Since the 2206 upgrade, we examined data since the Series X|S launch and determined that the online compatibility check isn''t required in the vast majority of Xbox One discs. Some games may still need to be updated online after installing to ensure the best experience.
It''s a minor effort to ensure players have uninterrupted access to their games at any time and is being offered by members of the community. Other users have now requested games downloaded from Game Pass or claimed from previous Xbox discs to receive the same update.