updated 05:35 pm EDT, Thu June 26, 2008
X360 DRM transfer tool
After several years of Xbox 360 owners having to remain signed into Live to access purchased content on exchanged or repaired consoles, Microsoft on Thursday finally unveiled a DRM Transfer Tool allowing users to play content without a Live connection. Gamerscore writes that the tool provides users with the ability to re-register their games and downloaded content once per year to a new console. The process will not work on movie files, since Microsoft does not consider the content to be "owned' by the user.
Microsoft dubs the service a "simple two-part process", wherein a user logs into their Live account through the company's website, then coordinate a login with the 360 console to the same account, thereby identifying the destination unit. Once the server-side registration is complete, users manually download each license from their 360 console. Microsoft notes that users do not have to download the actual data again; downloading a game when it is already present on the console merely updates the license.