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Has Microsoft Gone Too Far ?

Will consumers be able to overlook the outlandish restrictions Microsoft is planning on imposing?

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dedicatedtogamers1108d ago

Consumers don't know what DRM means, but they surely know what "you can't trade in your game" and "please wait 15 minutes while we install" and "Error: please reconnect to the server to continue your game" mean.

All of this anger online is just a blip compared to the resulting outrage when real people - especially unexpecting people - buy this thing, bring it into their homes, and realize how restrictive it is.

komp1108d ago

A lot of people think it means

"Dont Resent Microsoft"

Cam9771108d ago

That'll be hilarious. They deserve it though. I'm sorry, but if they haven't conducted some research then they deserve all they get - it's just like me buying a DVD without a player - just like the XBONE needs internet to play.

Come launch this will be hilarious, the outcry from unsuspecting parents who bought their 9 year old the XBONE for their COD child. They get all they deserve.

Playstation's slogan really does reflect what they do. Where the XBONE could mutate gaming, the PS4 preserves the traditional games console.

Long Live Play

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SexyGamerDude1108d ago

Edonus, you are an idiot and no doubt about it that you're a shill.

rainslacker1108d ago

@edonus

We saw a lot of uninformed consumers care about SimCity when DRM prevented them from playing the game. It wasn't actually DRM in the way MS was talking about, but it's the same principle.

I believe EA got a handle on that now, but the first few weeks had a huge number of disappointed customers saying they didn't know anything about the online requirement.

These were average consumers. People who just expected it to work based on their prior experiences with the series. These are the same kinds of people that dedicated is talking about.

When these people get home and don't hook up the internet right away, or don't have it at all...boom...disappointment they can't play their game.

When these people go to trade in their game for a new game, they either get crap trade in values, or can't do it all....boom...disappointment they're stuck with something they don't want or don't get enough to buy their next game.

When their internet goes out for a couple days, or they decide not to pay their bill because of something...24 hours later...boom disappointed they can't play their game.

When they ask their friend to borrow a game...boom...disappointed they can't because their friend informs them that they're unwilling to trade because of the lock out.

I could go on about all the disappointing scenarios that could play out here. One or two times probably would go unnoticed, but if you multiply that to a large install base of uninformed consumers, things get said, people get upset, and the disappointed "vocal majority" comes out in waves to let that disappointment known.

This is the point that dedicated is trying to make. We, right now, are a hugely vocal minority, but when the majority start to get disappointed it's going to be worse. We can only hope that during that time they don't blame the whole industry, and put that resentment and disappointment where it truly lies, and that's with MS.

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amiga-man1108d ago

M$ is not a company that has gaming at its heart, it is an ends to a means they want to control the living room and do not care what it takes to do so.

Unfortunately they have become arrogant and totally lost touch with what console gaming is about and for some reason thought their usual spin, advertising and a few games would be enough for users to just accept any anti consumer nonsense they put forward, thankfully it seems most gamers seem to have demanded better apart from a few fanboys that try to defend M$ actions.

For the sake of gaming just say no and keep gaming in the hands of gamers.

minimur121108d ago

funny thing is, my friend said to me ' I want to get the new xbox one'
I Told her about the restrictions, 24 hours DRM and sh*t and not being able to lend games

now she wants a ps4

latincooker2141108d ago

tell your friend good move. PS4 FTW:)

a_bro1109d ago

Yes. they went full retard. you never go full retard.

Godmars2901109d ago

They're only concerned with a specific segment of the market. Just have to wait to see how badly that effects them. Or not.

sashimi1108d ago (Edited 1108d ago )

M$ doesn't seem to think so, i wonder how long they'll keep going.

badkolo1108d ago

my concern is this, as a gamer i want both to succeed and will enjoy both since wii u just inst happening for me right now. I see this drm thing in a few ways, as a older guy i simply dont care as i dont share much, rent or buy used and being able to share with 10 people makes up for all of that but I can see many many devs secretly smiling and hoping this works out for MS and I also feel they are pushing for this silently and in turn might favor MS over sony for doing this for the industry and in turn give them more exclusives, dlc and timed exclusives and maybe even better versions as a big thank you, its a plus but also a big minus if that happens as i dont wanna go through another whole gen were ps4 multi games are not as good as xbox one was even though now they are using the same gfx cards

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