In a recent move, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be changing its controversial policies and will be adopting a pattern similar to what the PS4 has (they did not mention the Sony console obviously).
In a blog post titled “Your Feedback Matters – Update on Xbox One” on the Xbox blog, Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft has stated the changes that Microsoft will be making.
Basically, Xbox One is now Xbox One-80 :D Being called as Xbox 180, this is funny in the fact that this is exactly the half of Xbox 360. Let’s go back to the point now!
Don Mattrick penned on his post, “For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future” followed by how Microsoft had been listening to its fans:
“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.”
Apparently Microsoft is calling its policy reversal, a response to fans, a response that came very late after the initial backlash and only after the pre-orders started. Many people acknowledge that this move comes after the fact that Sony picked on the DRM aspect in their E3 concept and used it as leverage to boost their own console. Also this reversal probably comes after seeing the drastically low pre-order numbers of the Xbox One compared to the PS4 which was topping sales charts everywhere.
They are basically rescinding all of their previous controversial moves and replacing it with the DRM that the Xbox 360 adopts to this day.
- “An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games“Now the Xbox One is not going to require an internet connection after the initial setup. The 24 hour check-ins have been abandoned, this coming a few days after the fact that Don Mattrick stated that gamers without proper Internet should stick with the Xbox 360 instead of purchasing the XOne
- Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today –Unlike Microsoft’s previous announcements, this announcement declared that the Xbox One will have the same process of sharing games as on the Xbox 360 and that there will be no limitations on sharing games. Thus one can trade, lend, resell, gift or rent games as they desire.
This announcement also came with a revelation that this will be the first Xbox console to not feature any regional restriction. Xbox 1 (the original) and Xbox 360 both featured regional locks while Xbox One will not feature the same. This brings the Xbox One on par with the PS4 regarding DRM, mandatory internet connection and regional locks. The Wii U, although having no compulsory internet connection or DRM, is now the only home console to have regional locks.
This move also comes with its own disadvantages. It has been revealed that the groundbreaking sharing functions that the Xbox One was going to offer will no longer feature in this console. Now you will not able to share your library of games with your family members online and there will be no network of shared games as suggested. So you can discard your idea of sharing your game with your best friend on the other side of the world.
Also you cannot share any of your downloaded games and any games purchased on Xbox Live will stay exclusive to your console. A mandatory game install will no longer be necessary and thus the game will be played from the disc. You also cannot play your own game from a friend’s house now that the online scheme has been abandoned while the fate of cloud processing is still unknown.
This mirrors the rumours that the PS4 was also planning a restrictive DRM plan with the PS4 but it was removed after seeing the backlash that the Xbox One faced. They although did not face bad publicity as DRM was never announced for the PS4 and this rumour will most likely remain a rumour. Microsoft on the other hand has done this a lot late, many days after pre-orders started. This belated move has put Microsoft in a somewhat favourable light due to which their Xbox One pre-orders skyrocketed to the no. 1 spot for video games on Amazon.com. Some fans still say that Microsoft has destroyed their trust and deterred them from purchasing an Xbox One.
What do you say? Has this move made you more likely to purchase an Xbox One? Comment below and tell me :D