In a move that is sure to be applauded by gamers, Xbox has implemented a new feature in the latest Xbox update today that eliminates the online check-in for physical Xbox One game discs on Xbox Series X.
Previously, Xbox One game discs required a check-in when playing on Series X/S. This was the case even when Smart Delivery wasn’t available for a game. It also meant that offline games were unplayable during service outages.
Engineering Lead at the Xbox Team Eden Marie stated in a tweet that the online compatability check was unnecessary for many Xbox One game discs. It’s removal in these cases mean that a great many more Xbox One game discs are playable completely offline.
Yes, this is true since the 2206 update. We examined data since Series X|S launch & determined the online compatibility check isn't needed in the vast majority of cases for Xbox One discs. Some games may still need to be updated online after install to ensure the best experience.
— Eden Marie (@neonepiphany) September 19, 2022
Which is great news for for those taking advantage of the Series X backward compatibility offerings, and a nice improvement for the overall user experience on Series X. Maybe in the not-too-distant future we’ll see the same treatment for downloaded games from Game Pass?