Xbox changes new console
Published: June 22, 2013 - 06:30 PM
Microsoft rolled back a much-criticized requirement that its upcoming Xbox One gaming console be regularly connected to the Internet and made clear that there will be no limitations on sharing games.
Microsoft Corp. has been criticized for vague statements about whether it will allow Xbox One buyers to play secondhand software. Gamers also expressed distaste for a requirement that the console be connected to the Internet once every 24 hours.
Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment business, said in a blog post that an Internet connection will no longer be required to play games on the Xbox One after its initial setup, and users can share and play games like they have on the Xbox 360.
Mattrick said the changes are in response to feedback Microsoft received since unveiling plans for the console in May.
In a shot aimed at Microsoft, rival Sony Corp. announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles that its upcoming PlayStation 4 will not require a regular Internet connection to work and that the company won’t try to restrict used game sales.
Both consoles will go on sale later this year, the Xbox One at $499 and the PS4 at $399.
Nissan has battery option
Aiming to be the biggest mass-market seller of electric vehicles, Nissan said it will offer an option to U.S. owners of its Leaf hatchback to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology.
Starting in the first half of 2014, Nissan will set up the program for customers to exchange battery packs, charging about $100 a month. Currently, the automaker guarantees to replace or fix Leaf battery packs that fall below a certain performance level within the first five years of ownership, or 60,000 miles.
“Technology is evolving and battery prices are projected to decline as EVs become increasingly mainstream,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of North American electric vehicle sales.
— Bloomberg News