Microsoft Removes Used Game, Internet Policies From Xbox One
Microsoft announced today that many of the policies that drew up outrage among the gaming community would be removed from the Xbox One.
Among the removed features include: restrictions on used games, required internet connectivity, and region-locking.
The Xbox One will still require an internet connection on its initial set-up, but allegedly will act similarly to the Xbox 360 for its other functions. This means that after installation, disc-based games will need to have the disc in the system to play, and you will be able to bring your disc over to a friend’s house to play games.
Ironically enough, Don Mattrick made the announcement today; the same Microsoft executive who said before E3 that users who wanted an offline experience could stick to the Xbox 360.
Is this enough to win back the audience that has been alienated during the past few weeks, or has the damage already been done?
[Source]It’s surprising how many people are saying “too late.” Yes, they’ve already pissed off the masses, but at least they actually responded. It’s not “too late.” The consoles haven’t been released, yet. Get over yourselves.
they gave a response a while ago, and it was “deal with it”. now that theyve realized that even their most loyal fans are switching over, theyre making a final desperate attempt to garner what little profit they can out of this whole pathetic fuck up.
what they did is give a big “fuck you” to their fans. they sat down and decided to see how far their loyalty went and just how much money they could squeeze out of them (as if they dont spend enough money on the xbox as is) and the answer is clear: no one is going to be jerked around for a few exclusives. THAT damage is completely irreversible, and its going to stick with them for a while.
if microsoft had spent their money improving their console instead of on DRM, they would still be in the lead. in fact, theyd probably be farther ahead than they were. trying to squeeze out as much money as they can by cheating their costumers is something desperate you might expect sony to do. instead, not only does their console let you play used games, theyre actually looking into providing backwards compatibility for THEIR more loyal fans, and its still one hundred dollars cheaper.
no, i dont think microsoft will be recovering from this that easily, not next year and definitely not this year.