Xbox DRM explained: 'Home' console, console sharing, licenses, and more

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Demystifying the Xbox licensing process.
Recently, an Xbox outage put the spotlight on the console's DRM practices, also known as digital rights management. It refers to the mechanics that attach ownership and entitlement to a digital piece of content, whether it's a movie, mp3, or in this case, video game. Microsoft has been criticized for having stricter policies around DRM than other platforms, with no contingency plan in place for a theoretical future where Microsoft's server factory shuts down, leaving users without the ability to authenticate ownership of their content. Although generally, Xbox's DRM works similarly to other content platforms, from iOS to PlayStation.
Here's what you need to know about Xbox's DRM systems on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles, and how you can ensure you're always able to play compatible games offline in the event of a server outage.

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