Microsoft's decision to abandon its controversial online check-in and game ownership policies is "great news for gamers," specialist retailer GameStop has told MCV.

A statement from the retailer reads: "GameStop welcomes today's announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox One.

"This is great news for gamers and we applaud Microsoft for understanding consumers and the importance of the pre-owned market."

Microsoft's original focus on digital game sales would have been a major concern for retailers, who may have felt they were being edged out of the equation through aggressive DRM.

It remains to be seen if changes to the Xbox One will be more beneficial to the consumer or the retailers.

Source: MCV