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Submitted by MrKennedy 303d ago | podcast

React Episode 8 – Microsoft Kills DRM and Always Online for Xbox One

Gary A. Swaby of TheKoalition.com writes: The internet blew up earlier today at the official announcement that Microsoft has officially cancelled their DRM and always online policies. We all saw the cheers Sony got last week when they announced their console would be DRM free, and since then Microsoft has had a ton of negative press to deal with. Now Microsoft has announced their decision to completely change their policy.

What does this mean for next-gen? Could gamers have possibly ruined the growth of the gaming industry by forcing Microsoft to change their minds? What position does this put Sony and Nintendo in? Richard Bailey, Anthony Frasier, Jakejames Lugo and I discuss the aftermath of this shocking turn of events on The React podcast.

Let us know your thoughts on this controversial topic below. (Industry, Microsoft, Tech, Xbox One)

FrigidDARKNESS  +   303d ago
The always on is for the cloud servers constant updates.
NihonjinChick  +   303d ago
You don't need always online for cloud to work. Why not do the updates when we do decide to connect?
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Errefus  +   303d ago
i guess they saw the ps4 pre-orders go up and got scared, regardless its not going to change my decision, ps4 wii u for me next gen.
hellvaguy  +   302d ago
Businesses don't get "scared", happy, or horny. However, they do not want to cut into profits. Business 101.
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Software_Lover  +   303d ago
They should just release 2 versions. This current version, and another cheaper "digital" version without a disc drive. Should please everyone. But then you wouldn't have the benefit of blu-ray movies. It's a lose lose at this point in time.
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hellvaguy  +   302d ago
I think you may have triumph'd all of MS bad ideas with this one.
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Cuthbo  +   303d ago
They should have kept xbox one how it functioned but changed their policies. With steam you can play your games offline without constantly checking in, PC games run perfectly fine being completely digital. The issue with their old policies is it assumes everyone is illegally playing games when the vast majority of consumers do the right thing. All they had to change was trade ins, no 24 hour check instead when you do go online it may do a check. Make the OS function without the kinnect, no matter how good it is it's still a gimmick attached to the console as are PS eye and PS move etc.
hellvaguy  +   302d ago
To an educated consumer that would have been good ideas. But to fear mongers on the internet, just the mention of drm causes fear and notions of secret Nazi governments taking over thru your TV's.
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rbailey  +   303d ago
Microsoft should have never had these policies in place from the start. I can see how some may support the sharing games features but the online checks were actually absurd. I'll say Microsoft finally made a a good move today but it should have come alot sooner. They also should have just admitted that Sony made them do this rather then pretend it was a change of heart type of deal on the part of their team. We already know that was never gonna be said publically though lol
Starbucks_Fan  +   303d ago
"Xbox One is like that GF that cheated on you and wants to come back to you. lol. You'll be dumb enough to get back with xbox one."
ArtificiallyYours  +   303d ago
There are silver linings people need to comprehend.
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