After Microsoft removed the used-game restrictions on the Xbox One yesterday, Mark Thompson considers what might have motivated Microsoft to try and slap these restrictions on gamers in the first place. Was it Microsoft's decision at all?
It was M$hits decision that is why they got rid of it so quickly. All they care about is the money.
I can agree. Obviously certain companies have been pushing this but the truth is Microsoft would never have done it unless they were in it for their own benefit as well.
Sell out gamers? Thats seems a bit extreme. If anything they saw where the future was heading and decided to get the jump on everyone so they could gain control over the market and dictate everything. I don't see this as a personal slight against gamers, but more of a move on a company's part to make a calculated decision. The problem is that they underestimated the intelligence of their audience and got crushed when they didn't have the answer to any of the questions. If anything, this move on Microsoft part showed what they thought of the intelligence of their audience. Too bad for them and fortunately for us, most gamers are extremely intelligent. The average gamer knows a great deal of information about the gaming industry and that always has to be taken into account. Microsoft didn't do this and it cost them big time.
You don't need strict DRM to have all those "futuristic" features. Wait... What features are you talking about? Cloud computing? They're still going ahead with that. Did you mean game sharing? Because the PS3 already does that. They tried to do it with up to six people, but it was bleeding them dry. So, they reduced it to two.
Where did I say anything about DRM? Oh and there are advantages to a digital only device. The problem is that Microsoft themselves never really got around to those advantages. I get your point, but I think you are being way to reactionary. Right now what Microsoft plan just wasn't going to work, but a few years in the future it will be standard. I am not defending the DRM because I, like most others, think it's a bad thing and doesn't solve the problem. I am specifically talking about the concept of a digital only device.
That makes sense. Sorry if I was short with you. :/ Digital only is not a bad thing. I love Steam. It just has to be done correctly and with respect toward the consumer.
MONEY AND CONTROL....and it was the potential loss of money that made them do a 180. What's wrong with having a choice. Ms aren't at the level where they can make such dramatic pushes alone. If they truly believed it was rocket science they would of stood firm. Crappy pre order numbers changed their whole ethos real quick....remember 'drm cant just be switched off'. MS then take away the only feature the drm defenders were happy about. I'm not knocking the fact they backed down though...on the contrary as that couldn't of been good for their collective egos. I am annoyed they snatched a feature, that could still be implemented, away from those who stuck by them throughout this fiasco...almost like a petulant kid Many of those loyal guys are pissed at the wrong people. Their misplaced anger should be channelled towards the source.
@Why O Why...you are spot on. They were attempting to co-opt the used game market and they and the pubs could share the wealth...consumer be damned. As you said, IF they believed that all of the "features" were valuable. That should be their leverage to get as many people to get online. But, without their cut of the cash, they don't care. Thus leaving a faithful crowd of consumers, that BUILT their gaming business, out in the cold.
Nothing. They chose this path. It would be nice to see them own up to it. In Order: MS: It's got DRM! Us: We don't want DRM. #XboxOneNoDRM MS: Its still got DRM! Us: *pre-orders tons of PS4's* MS: No more DRM! We listened! Don't let them fool you.
I'm pretty sure they'll re-implent the DRM in the future after they gain a share of the market. And the shills will defend them
Hey...how did YOU find out about Plan B!?!? lol
The Spybox One will never fool me.
I like that money swapping hands pic!
I don't believe for a minute that at least EA didn't give them the nudge for it in the first place. They seemed heavy at the original reveal, but distanced themselves after the backlash. I mean, they dropped the Pass program 2 days before the reveal. That's too close for coincidence. Microsoft let some buddies convince them to do something stupid, they went along, got bit in the @ss, and took all the heat.
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