Ok so when Microsoft announced a few weeks back that the next generation Xbox One console would require an always-on internet connection and that there were severe restrictions on trading and sharing games, the Xbox community freaked out. Gamers around the world called bullsh*t and vowed to not buy the new consoles and instead move over to PlayStation. Well it seems Microsoft heard them and yesterday announced that they were updating policies and have reversed their intial plans as follows:
- 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.
That is a pretty massive turn around.
At first i was happy that they caved, but the more i think about the more i wonder whether this was such a bright idea hey.
Now while the new policy changes will no doubt please Xbox players i think Microsoft shoulda just kept the old controversial ones. There is a part of me that sees what they were trying to do and i reckon folks woulda been unhappy at first , but eventually woulda got around to accepting it. And also realise that it may have worked better than they are currently used to. Take PC gamers for example…they’ve been doing it that way for a while via the Steam platform. Very few complaints and it’s always online. According to Wiki.. there are nearly 2000 games available through Steam, and 54 million active user accounts. As of January 2013, Steam has seen over 6.6 million concurrent players. Steam has an estimated 50–70% share of the digital distribution market for video games. It’s also ridiculously cheap compared to console gaming. That’s essentially what Xbox One coulda been, but now because of internet pressure Microsoft has backtracked and games will still be outrageously expensive.
But meh…the foresight may not there, but at least Xbox fanboys will feel like that they have a voice and Microsoft listened.
Anyways..here’s the statement about the policy update:
“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.
You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.
So, today 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. Here is what that means: ” [read the rest HERE]
Oh and just so you know…they made no changes to the price. The Xbox One console will still be $100 more expensive than the PS4.