How Microsoft Dropping DRM Restrictions For Xbox One Is Good For Sony Fans

OmniGamer Writes "I know there are Sony fans out there that were just coasting along after the great E3 that Sony had with the PS4 and announcing that they were not going to have any DRM restrictions, any confusing rules to trading games or rules to used games. Sony showed they were listening to us, the consumer and gave us what we wanted."

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Blachek2006d ago

XB1 DRM Restrictions provided a grounds for industry advancement in terms of Publisher/Console Relationships, as well as introducing new features that would benefit consumers in ways console gamers haven't had the chance to experience. This new step backward is just letting Sony know that lagging behind the direction the industry needs to move is acceptable and Microsoft is afraid to lose out on launch day sales. It's a weak move by MS, and a pitiful acknowledgement that Sony had it right with their archaic approach to this generation.

Bring back the DRM, I am not afraid of tomorrow.

dedicatedtogamers2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

No way, man.

Microsoft dropping DRM is good for ALL fans, though they did damage their own reputation in the process. There will always be a physical product. Always. Even most PC games come out on disc (even if it still requires you to link it to Steam).

Down the road, as soon as someone tries to go all-digital, then another company will simply use discs/flash-sticks/crystal-chi ps/whatever and declare "hey! We believe in a physical medium" and use it as a selling-point.

I reject the notion that all-digital is the future. I reject it. I still buy digital products, but I don't want it forced on me. I appreciate the option. I have a 400+ music collection on vinyl, for instance. Interestingly enough, those albums almost always come with a free MP3 download code, so I never have to choose. I can have both.

JW10802005d ago

All I know is that it is not right to tell us what to do with with a game once we buy it. Imagine if that was a vehicle, a house, or anything! Used games is an issue for developers and I see that. But there has to be a better way. You have to look at it from all angles. I want the developers to be happy but also want consumers to be happy and be able to walk into a Gamestop and be able to buy a used game if they would like to. Maybe there should be a used game system in place where the retailer has to give the developer a certain amount.

Panthers2005d ago

DRM is wrong on every level. All of the advancements you are talking about can be done without DRM.

And MS hit a new low by blaming all of their 'removed' features on the fact that they got rid of DRM. (essentially blaming consumers) In fact I believe they got rid of DRM due to the fact that they could not figure out how to do their 'family share' plan.

This pretty much sums up what I believe as well.

medman2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Of course you're not afraid, blachek. Those who don't understand the issues rarely are. An intelligent man once said "My definition of an expert in any field is someone who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared". That is truth.

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miyamoto2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

It proves that M$ is weak minded and has no backbone and bends over easily.

Congratulations to all gamers around the world who voiced their opinions, defended your consumer rights and saved the gaming industry.

Sony has cleverly Played the mind games this year.
And to Sony PlayStation for playing with M$ mind, forced their hand and Xposing their true colors.

We will remember this historical event when gamers won against tyranny and control. A day that will go to inFamous infamy.

This is the Future of Play.
Well Played everyone.

GameCents2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Trolls MS for being hard headed and not listening to consumers.

DRM removed

Trolls MS for being weak and bending to the will of consumers.

Shill identified.

ShwankyShpanky2005d ago

They bent to the pre-order figures, not the "will of consumers" (well, just the will to pre-order the competition's merchandise).

dedicatedtogamers2005d ago

"It proves that M$ is weak minded and has no backbone and bends over easily."

I wouldn't put it that way. What it reveals is that the X1 now has no identity, no vision, no clue how to proceed forward. A lot of people hated the DRM and the 24-hour checks, but at least it was a (somewhat) clear explanation of what Microsoft wanted to do in the future. Now, it seems like they have no idea what they want to do with the system, and they're stuck.

Kinect? Um, yeah. See how well that goes over if you start focusing on Kinect (we've seen these promises before)

Online? They'll really have to prove themselves all over again.

TV? Gamers will be ticked off the Xbox brand is being used to push non-gaming features.

The lack of identity is the real problem here. Microsoft removed the DRM, but they simply exchanged one problem for a new one.

miyamoto2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

No integrity.
No identity.
No initiative.
No innovation.

The Xposed One will always be in the shadow of the PlayStation brand as a market share stealing "me too" product like Zune, Bing, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows OS, etc etc. They try to bully their way into emerging markets with their shit load of cash.

Like I said before they have no vision for the welfare of gaming. They are in here just for the money. To suck it all up and not give anything back. They like to chop the trees but not have the will to plant seeds for the future.

M$ only sees what is the fad of today and tries to make money out of it. They introduced nothing new to gaming.

PlayStation has always been about Vision Over Visibility.

They have prepared for the future with Blu-ray and their tight anti-piracy measures. Their drive to introduce new IPs over and over again is welcomed with hit after hit and success by the gamers.

Gran Turismo, Crash, Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, God of War, Motorstorm, Uncharted, Demon's Souls, Heavy Rain, TLOU, Beyond, Knack are new games of each generation that pushes gaming forward.
The PS4 platform is a magnificent testament to their dedication to the video games industry they help build into the legit billion dollar entertainment industry with the PlayStation brand.

shinrock2005d ago

Yes. As a Xbox fan I would like to thank you. Thanks for your support of GameStop. P$ fans have given GameStop the victory it needed. It a great day for plastic disc everywhere.

WorldGamer2006d ago

I think it the MS DRM fiasco really put all console makers on notice that they need to start exploring other options and really think about their reputation before making these drastic moves.

Sony, MS and Nintendo are all about making money, but how they go about it is also important.

Companies will copy successful models, so I am glad MS failed in their attempts to fully control all aspects because that will ensure that Sony and Nintendo think twice before trying such a thing.

Plus, it definitely showed that consumers still have a lot of sway, even tho we have a few among us who didn't see the big picture.

I was proud of the gaming community for rejecting MS on this one.

Cheers to all who made their voices heard. Viva la Revolution!

KillrateOmega2006d ago

I've never been more proud to be a gamer. We spoke out and voted and we were heard.

shuuwai2005d ago

I would't be surprise that all retailers handout flyers about how X1, and it can't do A,B,C and so on. There's still hope, It's call a PS4, and don't worry the PS4 supports all A,B,C and None of A,B,C that are on the X1. I know for a fact gamestop was first one to hand these flyers out. MS didn't listen to us, as gamers, they did this change for sales, not for gamers. They thought IF large sum soccer moms bought this system they wouldn't need to change the DRM. Yet large sum of gamers, SAID F U MS including the soccer moms.

FrightfulActions2006d ago

Good for Sony fans but even better for Xbox fans.

Personally its too late to be redeemed and I'm not going to be trusting Microsoft for a while. I'm sure there are tons who were relived and forgive them and came back under their wing of service, though. Good luck to those who do - hopefully Microsoft doesn't pull anything sneaky or underhanded to bring back these policies they been defending and trying to keep since the beginning.

They say that they won't do that but at this point why would anyone really trust them anymore? We'll see a year or so down the line how things work out.

I would have more faith in them had they changed these policies sooner. Like in the start when everyone was complaining about it. They didn't though, they just kept on a smile of arrogance and told everyone if they didnt like it they could go fuck themselves, basically. A smug "Deal with it!" attitude.

It wasn't until they started to see the phenomenal losses the preorders were taking and having the Xbox's ridiculously confusing policy brought up on national television did they finally cave in and give the consumers not only what they wanted but rather what they DEMANDED.

If they had changed based on the feedback and were like "we hear you and we care so we'll give you want" then they would had been redeemed. But they just kept smirking and arrogantly ignoring everyone. It took the wallets of millions ignoring them right back for them to care. It's going to be tough to redeem themselves from such a PR disaster.

If we're being honest I'm a bit disappointed in how easily some people are able to forgive and forget this and return to Xbox like nothing happened. It's like being in a relationship with someone who treats you like shit but you keep forgiving them and going back to them the moment they promise to change.

dedicatedtogamers2005d ago

Well said. The loss of trust and the loss of goodwill is going to have lasting effects on the Xbox brand.

Some people will flip-flop, but they were going to cave anyway once Halo/Gears/Fable came out. Some people will still hate it, but those people weren't buying one anyway. It's those people stuck in the middle who will be most affected, and I don't think it will work out in Microsoft's favor.

FrightfulActions2005d ago

The really funny thing is that most of the games on the Xbox, those 'exclusives' that people would be willing to get a Xbox for, as if they had no other way of playing the game, are also on the PC. Very few of their 'exclusives' are really exclusive. Same cannot be said of their competition, Sony, who's exclusives are actually exclusive.

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