Microsoft’s Xbox One took quite the beating from gamers over its DRM policy, used game system, and check in requirement. It resulted in some saying they would jump to the PlayStation 4 this generation and loud pops for Sony at E3 after the company (Sony) announced that it would feature the opposite of what Microsoft is doing with Xbox One: simple game borrowing, turn on and play, etc.
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Well it seems as though that Microsoft is changing their minds on what they will do with the Xbox One and hit their blog to explain everything. Xbox team’s Don Mattrick started with “I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360.”
“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”
So pretty much they’re doing what they should’ve done in the first place. Microsoft had to know that what they had with the Xbox 360 was working for them. It worked for console-based and handheld-based gaming period. Some things in gaming just shouldn’t be “fixed” unless you’re certain very little explanation would be required. Between when the Xbox One was revealed in late May and into this year’s E3 earlier this month, there was some sort of news about the 24 hour connection, retail system, and game borrowing system every week, several times a week.
It was just that convoluted that it had to be explained several times and people had to be reassured. Messages were mixed up, grumbling ensued, messages were…clarified as best as they could be, and grumbling continued because the setup was still not worth the hassle.
In the blog Mattrick said that the changes were due to gamer disdain in the system stating that, “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.”
He also said that the disc-based titles would have to be kept in the disc tray and wouldn’t be played digitally. It was also confirmed that the Xbox One would be region free. Mattrick stated that the changes would “…impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One.”
The ability to do what the Xbox One was originally intended to do will probably remain and could most likely be slowly integrated in a less intrusive way—especially in the case of those who have the internet connection for the Xbox One and its original features. If not in this generation, they’ll definitely go through with the original vision for the Xbox One in the next one—if a new console is warranted.
While some gamers are likely to return because of the announcement, who knows how the landscape was shifted and if the damage had been done. Surely some damage has been done and there’s still the issue of the pricing of the Xbox One and to some gamers, the privacy paranoia and concerns with Microsoft.