After E3 there was an uproar in the gaming community over some of the features that Microsoft said they were introducing with their upcoming console the Xbox One. Things like DRM, Digital Content, and having to be Online caused quite a stir. Microsoft announced today that they will be making a few changes. Read more on what the stink was and what they are doing to change it.
So Whats the Problem?
Well, there are actually a lot but I’m only going to focus on what the gaming community at large is talking about. There were a few main points that had gamers around the world and even in our armed forces pissed off:
- Online Connection – A Requirement that Console owners always be connected to an internet connection.
- DRM Protected Games – Preventing gamers to sell, trade, or borrow games after purchase.
Always Online Requirement
Although this is actually a misnomer. Microsoft announced at E3 that it was a requirement for the Xbox One to be connected to an online connection always so it could do an online check every 24-hours to perform maintenance behind the scenes.
The issue? Our U.S. armed forces were very very unhappy to hear this. Considering that they are deployed overseas or in areas where internet is spotty at best or not available at all I can understand that. Of course there are gamers out there in Rural communities who would be affected to.
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.
This should make the men and women serving breathe a sigh of relief over hearing this. Game on and stay safe!
DRM Protection Preventing Selling/Trading of Used Games
Microsoft announced during E3 that they would offer the OPTION to game publishers to implement DRM protections to prevent gamers from being able to trade, sell, or even borrow games they had purchased. This not only affects gamers but services such as Redbox, Gamefly, Gamestop, and many other online retailers who’s life blood is the ability to buy back or rent games.
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.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.
I’m sure gamers and retailers alike are breathing a big sigh of relief over this one. Although I can’t say the same for game publishers.
Is it Too Late Though?
It makes me wonder though. As large as Microsoft is – did they not take any type of basic surveys to who they plan on selling the console to with the changes they wanted to implement? I understand the need to combat piracy and people who hack their consoles. This type of backlash could have been prevented with sending out a few hundred emails requesting Xbox Live! players take a brief survey. Meh – hindsight is always 20-20 I guess.
I wonder how many people canceled their pre-orders? How many decided “screw it” I’m getting a PlayStation 4 instead? I’m sure they will win back a large majority of its player base. Gamers are a pretty die-hard bunch when it comes to the console they want to game on. It will be interesting to see if they tweak some more requirements (such as the Kinnect!) in the days before its release.
What do you think? Will you be purchasing an Xbox One or getting a PlayStation 4? Leave me a comment below with which one you’ll be purchasing and why.