Opinion: Microsoft's Reversal of Xbox One DRM Policy is Good for Consumers, Bad for Gaming

In a shocking move, Microsoft has reversed the DRM policy on Xbox One. This is seen as a good move for consumers, but what does it mean for the games industry? It seems like this move will hold back the gaming industry for a while, unless alternatives are found.

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TheLyonKing1222d ago

It's all software as Microsoft are showing so that means web the world is ready for always on stuff they can re add it easily.

As for drm I am glad it has been done away with and hope we don't hear about such controversy again.

romancer1222d ago

The main point of this article appears to be: "I think that a lot of publishers will design games to be used online heavily, which was a major trend seen at E3. Games like Watchdogs and Titanfall thrive on online interaction, even in single player mode. Another thing they can do is incentivize digital versions of their games; give gamers a reason to buy online instead of on disc. From exclusive in-game items which cost the publishers nothing, to slightly discounted prices."

In other words, there are ways for publishers to advance their interests in a more subtle and seductive manner. MS, at least, was trying to address issues that are not going to go away. As the need for physical copies of games declines, and digital sales increase, the same issues that provoked controversy in recent weeks will return and will need to be dealt with, rationally.

lowlight1222d ago

I think the main point was that DRM of some sort may be needed to keep the industry alive, but Microsoft's attempt was too strict to use today. So other options will have to be used to make the transition lighter

Honest_gamer1221d ago

getting people to buy games online is easy heres an example
store: £39.99
PSN: £49.99

do you see the problem here? online was made out to be cheaper as they dont have printing, packaging and shipping costs to take into account but for 90% of the games that come out, its dearer, if publishers wnat to be over greedy let them fail for all i care, if EA or Activision where to fail due to over pricing games it would send huge shock waves through the industry and people would have to start selling there games cheaper or risk it happening to them, but games cost so much to make now that its almost silly now much some AAA games cost, again they need to reel in their spending, instead of letting games drag on and on for years draining up resources just cut the game, and hold people responsible for blow 100m on a game that last 5 hours.

EffectO1221d ago (Edited 1221d ago )

They can't be cheaper even if they wanted to,Gamestop would just say fuck you,order less new games and under cut them with $5 cheaper used.

They don't want to lower the prices though,digital on consoles is designed to rip-off people.Good thing that console industry is about to collapse soon.

oof461221d ago

@EffectO: That's the problem. Publishers and console manufacturers are beholden to retail.

I agree with the first half of your post.

SpinalRemains1221d ago

Hold back the gaming industry?

The gaming industry is a hundred billion dollar industry.

This generation was fantastic and millions of ppl rented and purchased used games.

Just stop lying and showing big publishers as victims.

Here's an idea. Maybe the successful publishers will be the ones who employ the best developers.

Veneno1221d ago

Holding back the industry? My god those people are idiots. If The last of Us is "holding back the industry" with its offline gameplay then take me back to the stone age cause that's what I want. Quality games. Guess I'm just a simple mind.

creatchee1221d ago


Tell THQ about the 100 billion dollar industry. Oh wait...

Sayai jin1221d ago

Wrong. It's was good for gamers and the industry. MS had a bad policy in the DRM and this would have spread through the industry like a cancer. The industry will do just fine.

fsfsxii1221d ago

Where are the xbox fans calling the X1 names like its the "FUTURE"
I wanna know what they think now about the DRM removal.
I'm pretty sure the industry would be fine if MS hasn't joined

Honest_gamer1221d ago

if they hadent joined i would think that it would be in a better shape, they wont have to spend money making multiple version, dev kits, licenses and all that BUT then again microsoft farts out 50m a time for timed exclusivity so then again maybe it would be worse for the smaller publishers that need that cash.

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CoLD FiRE1221d ago

I'm one of the people who were looking forward to buying an Xbox One but now that they've changed to the 1998 model of disc-based gaming I'm not as interested as I was at first. By reversing their policies now the industry is gonna be held back for the next 10 years because of all the whiners who don't want to get with the times and want to live in the past.

Anyone who wants to keep playing disc-based games for the next 10 years are nothing but luddites. They're no different than those who complained the original Xbox required broadband internet for online play and wanted dial-up instead.

fsfsxii1221d ago

So, people defending their rights are considered moaners and bitching?? WTF?? Restricting my rights is considered innovation?? Removing DRM is a step back?? WOW!!
I have nothing to say.

Imalwaysright1221d ago (Edited 1221d ago )

Yeah i want keep building MY library of games. I like owning MY games without having companies telling me what I can or can not do with them and I'm not going to apologize for it. If you don't want disks just download games to your HDD. What is stopping you? Are you so stupid that you don't realize that you have options? Is that it?

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