The Co-op Podcast 54: Will Microsoft Phase Online Policy Back Into Xbox One Eventually?

Gary Swaby at writes: Edward Velasquez, Richard Bailey and I return to discuss some of the latest news stories. News has been fairly slow this month so we chose some of the more noteworthy topics from the past two weeks. One of the the topics we found interesting was the petition for Microsoft to bring back their original online policy including DRM for Xbox One. We actually don't think they will do another reversal, but is it possible that they may phase certain policies back in the Xbox One eventually?

Also we finally discuss the Grand Theft Auto V gameplay trailer that Rockstar released last week. It was certainly very impressive and it did a lot to reassure us of Rockstar's talent for making open work experiences. They have yet to blow the lid on their multip-layer portion of GTA V, so we decided to do a little speculation on what we might see. Read Richard Bailey's article 5 Things I Want From GTA V Multiplayer.

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htownplaya1946d ago

great podcast about games

dedicatedtogamers1946d ago

They'll likely phase it back in on a game-by-game basis. They're already doing it for Forza 5 (which has a mandatory Day One download or else your game will not function).

So *technically* the system won't require online and it *technically* won't require a 24-hour check in, but the games will still be designed for some/all of those requirements.

zeal0us1946d ago

While MS may or may not re-implement the orginal online policy, I'm pretty sure more publishers(Microsoft included) will be implementing always online requirement into their games somewhere down the road. Just look at Ubisoft two of their next gen titles(The Division and The Crew) have a always online requirement.

Fireseed1946d ago

I find it very hard to believe that one day Microsoft will update your Xbox some day and return all of the policies we hear about.

But I do agree with @zeal0us that we will be seeing more and more games be designed with online in mind.

n4rc1946d ago

To keep it short.. Yup.. They will

NewMonday1946d ago

Like Forza 5 ME will only ship part of the game on disk and will require online connection for the complete package

3-4-51946d ago

EVERY games has a mandatory One time check in, not just Forza.

The thing with Forza though, I only used the online for the Auction House.

It's extremely addicting making a cool paint job and selling at AH to see what you can get, and then trying to find a good artist who makes great art on your favorite car.

It's like a game within a game. Otherwise, I just play the single player offline.

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MrKennedy1946d ago

This is a great comment in the comments section on N4G.

hennessey861946d ago (Edited 1946d ago )

I'm online pretty much all the time any way, what I don't want is to be constantly spied on by kinect and I want to own the copy of the game I've just bought. Along as that doesn't change I'll be happy, now just get rid of kinect.

Wikkid6661946d ago

If you are scared of Kinect. Turn the camera and mic off. Still worried point towards the wall. Still worried about the mic... then put it in a box and put some towels or something over it.

Roper3161946d ago

easier solution is just don't buy the over priced POS.

Kanzes1946d ago (Edited 1946d ago )

Kinect spying are just a paranoia or an excuse to find a flaw on the console.

What dark secrets that you really don't want the NSA to know? are you selling meth on your house?

Should you be more worried about your handphone and your laptop? It has a mandatory camera that follows you everywhere, while Kinect, you could turn that off, or if you really a paranoid person, maybe as stated above, you can put some towel or point it towards the wall.

And what MS gains to spying on you playing games constantly for 18 hours straight? Do you really think MS doesn't got anything to do than watching a video of a million people playing games?

And as far as I know, Microsoft is handling this case now, so it won't be matter soon.

s8anicslayer1946d ago (Edited 1946d ago )

Then we have to go back to the question "why pay more for a feature you don't want?" hennessey is not the only person who feels that way!

blackmanone1946d ago (Edited 1946d ago )

Wikkid666 does any of those sound logical for a gamer that doesn't want Kinect?

Don't like your computer's speakers? Well you can't take them out so just shove them in a box and put towels in it until you can't hear anything.


And Kanzes, you don't value privacy rights. Cool, some of us still do. I would love to see a post on here with research done, because I would imagine this is a generational gap. Anyone over 30 remembers when they had rights and privacy. Anyone under 30 probably isn't used to such things.

For those of you under 30 that understand why an always on camera in your living room is a terrible idea, congratulations, you give me something to hope for in the future.

Cueil1946d ago

if you don't want Kinect then don't buy the system... it's that simple... also stop crying about being spied on. For 90 percent of you the "worry" is really just you making excuses for being a fanboy and not buying the system when you can afford it. For the other 10 percent it's a serious concern and the government is probably already using your cell phone or other means to keep track of you. Don't worry if you get rid of your cell and go off the grid they have other means of getting info... it's not like they forgot how they did stuff in the days of Hoover.

ShwankyShpanky1946d ago

Are MS and their Xbots refugees from a Chinese circus? ...because they seem to expect us to jump through a lot of hoops just to play video games without intrusion.

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BX811946d ago

I agree. I don't mind the always online as much as I do the kinect. I refuse to buy the Xbox one as long as it requires a camera. I don't like the idea of a camera scanning my face and living room. It's not some lame reason to not buy the Xbox one. I like my privacy. Some people value certain rights more than others and I can respect that. To say that it's because I'm up to something or a fanboy is lame.

stage881946d ago

I think they definitely will.

Once they get enough people back on board with an xbone it will start gradually but over the course of a few years it'l be in full swing.

Exactly the reason why I will not buy one.

Roper3161946d ago

That is exactly what I think & how I feel on the subject. The XB1 is a definite no buy for me just because of the distrust I have for MS. Then throw in their greed with charging for F2P games and other free apps like Netflix & youtube and that's the icing on the cake.

ceedubya91946d ago

I don't think it is likely. They just changed it due to the big uproar about it in the first place. Why would they throw it back in after people purchased it? The backlash would be worse than it was when they were just planning to do it, and I doubt that they want to burn any more consumer goodwill than they already have. It will completely kill Xbox. You could make the argument that, with a future console they may try this strategy again, and consumers may/may still not be ready for it by then. But I see no reason for them to implement it back in the One after everything that they have gone through.

Not saying that you fall into this category stage88, but I think there are a lot of people that are HOPING that Microsoft puts it back into the One because they just want Microsoft to fail.

EXVirtual1946d ago (Edited 1946d ago )

That's what I said in my blog:
I don't know if you'll agree with me on the whole thing though.
The DRM isn't even gone. You need to get a patch to cover the restrictions and MS can roll it off whenever they want.
@ceedubya9, You're right in the fact that no company in their right mind would pull that, but it's MS. And they didn't change the policies because of the campaigns and countless rants. They changed because of the pre-orders. Just saying, it's no where near impossible.

dikturbo1946d ago

Wow 5 logical responses in a row on N4G, congrats to those above me. The response by the publishing and developing community to manage the licensing of their products is inevitable. The backlash against DRM is only a delay in the reality of developing parties insisting that the console manufacturers reinstall the software protecting their intellectual property.

Remember good people; you only purchased the right to play the game. You don't own more than the case, instruction manual and the hard disc they delivered it to you on.

Cherchez La Ghost1946d ago

Ok. MS wanted to start with DRM. Sony say they will not go with DRM (but if it's the will of the Publishers). Now, what if all the Publishers go with DRM for all games. What people going to do then?!

Roper3161946d ago

only buy Sony 1st party games without it.

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