June 19, 2013
Microsoft backs down on Xbox One Online Policies
Microsoft announced today via Xbox Wire, that they are backing off of the online restrictions for the Xbox One. The Xbox One came out of E3 with some very negative feed back. The policies in question were the every 24 hour online check in and the DRM policies where games could only be lent to 10 online friends plus pay a license fee for used games. Sony addressed these issues with the PlayStation 4 at their press event openly stating that the PS4 will not have a persistent online check and the way you play used games will be how you play them on your PlayStation 3. This backed Microsoft into a corner, do they take the black mark and stick with their polices or do they finally deal with them publicly and change the fate of the Xbox One. They have changed their policies as of today. The Xbox One will require an initial internet connection to set the console up after that games will run as normal like they do on the 360. The games will not be restricted any more as well, you can play, trade, borrow, or sell games just like you do know. The choice to try and go digital is not something I can blame Microsoft for, I see what they were trying to accomplish. Publishers and developers don’t see anything from used game sales, digital downloads maybe the future as well, we have seen that with the PC. Though we have seen this with the PC it was not an easy transition nor was it widely popular at first. I think we will see a transition to digital this coming generation, but it has to be natural and not forced like Microsoft was trying to do. Now that these policies have been removed it will be interesting to see how this will effect the perception of the box and the Xbox brand. This also brings into question the games, like Forza Motorsport 5, that were going to use the “always connected cloud computing” for things such as A.I. and persistent worlds. There are more questions that need to be answered surrounding the things they already announced that will be effected by this change of heart. A day one update will be required for these new policies to take effect, but once that is done, you can use the console like you use your 360. What are your thoughts and reactions, this changes almost everything going into the fall launch, does this sway you away from the PlayStation 4 or Wii U or does it keep your pre-order untouched? You can check out Microsoft’s response on Xbox Wire, right here.