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Why the Xbox One's New Policy Doesn't Change Anything About Microsoft's X1

"Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360:.You'll still need an internet connection to set up your Xbox One console, but after that you can "play any disc based game without ever connecting online again".

That right there was one of the biggest news we have heard since Microsoft's deadly policies revealed at E3. You may think this is a good thing but in reality, it actually isn't, but why you ask? Simple because in theory, the policy is still there in fine print. Kotaku reports that that one-time internet setup procedure will involve downloading a day-one patch that enables the offline mode.

This is basically the same thing so unless you have an internet connection, it will still not be possible to play this. I was hoping that it was already installed on the X1 itself but I guess not. Just imagine the size of this update.

Essentially, the console is still always online unless you download the update which means if you still do not have an internet connection, it is still useless, which dates back to the useless Xbox One with policies. The only thing that is better about the new policy is that you can share, resell used games, but the always-online part is still there, it is just there once.

What are your thoughts?

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DragonKnight1824d ago

I approved the blog because that picture made me lol. XD

But also, I think it does change some things, but it still may be too late. For example, there's this.

"Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray."

Which pretty much means the death of game sharing. Then there's the fact that it's still $500 which, although not greatly, will still impact sales. And finally, Kinect is still mandatory. Why? I seriously want to know why a camera is mandatory. It doesn't make sense.

Still, this is a victory for gamers even if MS are lying about why they did it.

MikeMyers1824d ago

Lol, you never quit do you? How does having your disc in the tray mean the end of game sharing? Do you know anything about the Xbox 360? You could install the game to the hard drive and not have the wear and tear of the drive running and have the game play from the hard drive. The PS3 for some off reason didn't have full installs, only partial mandatory ones just to run the game. The disc is required to verify ownership but you can still lend the game. You just can't play it off the hard drive until you insert the disc again.

Downloaded games can't be shared before anyways, nothing has changed.

Don't worry, I imagine you have a checklist of other things to focus on now that DRM issues are gone.

Donnieboi1824d ago

I still don't trust MS and never ever will. Sony cares about gaming. MS folds under pressure. I don't need a game company that requires begging and boycotting everytime we want them to fold and do what is ultimately the right thing.

grayfoxx8811824d ago

Love your avatar pic. Can't believe he's gone. :(

Donnieboi1824d ago

I know man. I want to attend the funeral if they allow the public to go.

GameCents1824d ago

SONY cares about their bottom line. That's it.

GameCents1824d ago

LOL. Fail blog is nothing but a fanboy comment crying that his jabbing point against microsoft has been taken away.

Honestly,n the size of the install? (-____-) Gimme a break.

What about the fact that now we can game even if Xbox live goes down? How is that not a change? How is that always online like you say?

If I take my Xbox with me to a remote area with no internet I'll now be able to play it, how is that not a change?

I can now trade my games with anybody I want, no 30 day waiting period, no deactivation. How is that not a change?

How did this dribble get approved?

s45gr321823d ago

It got approved for its comical picture.

fsfsxii1823d ago

Since its a patch that allows offline gaming (God, can't believe that i'm saying that) I dexpect MS to re-introduce DRM once the X1 gets a decent install base. I wont trust them, not ever, they screwed over the hardcore gamers since 2010, and tried to force DRM, but now they removed it after the huge backlash, everyone is flocking to them like nothing ever happened, i really feel sorry for those who are soft

s45gr321823d ago

Well after Sony rub Microsoft in the face in regards to the second hand market and the constant negative from game journalists, gamers and the United States military. Pretty much Microsoft had no choice but to remove it's DRM policies for physical video game copies yay. Now this blog is nothing but dribble and nonsense boo.