Microsoft announced details of the Xbox One on June 6th, and there was a lot of questions about the online requirements and DRM policy on used games. At that time, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be required to check-in online once every 24-hours to play disc-based games. They also had limitations on used games.
Then, Sony announced the Playstation 4, and one of their selling points was that it had no online requirements and no DRM restrictions on used games. Apparently, that was enough for Microsoft to change their stance on their policies. Today, through their Xbox Wire blog, they announced that there will be no online check-in requirements and no restrictions on used games.
“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”